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NetNames Platinum Service protects Argos' key brands online

With over 44 per cent of shoppers in Europe choosing to buy online, it is crucial that retailers take steps to ensure that their domain names are protected on an ongoing basis. This is why Argos has chosen to work with NetNames, the UK's leading domain name management company, to consolidate over 300 website addresses owned by the retail group.

Argos, the UK's largest non-food retail chain, is using NetNames Platinum Service, a corporate domain name management service used by over 250 companies, to keep all of its names within the one service. This means their crucial online assets will be continually protected from unscrupulous operators on the Internet such as cybersquatters.

NetNames Platinum Service is a sophisticated domain name protection service that is used by top retailers, banks and travel companies, as a tool to safeguard brands online. The key brands protected by Platinum Service will include Argos, Homebase and Jungle.

Ian Saltmer, ARG in-house counsel, commented: "At Argos we have registered many variations of our different brands online. We found that we had names registered with different domain name registrars and it was becoming a headache to manage them all efficiently. We have now consolidated all of our domain names under NetNames Platinum Service, which provides us one point of contact, consolidated billing and peace of mind. It also removes the administrative burden of managing many domain names year on year. The biggest benefit is that we can ensure customers looking for Argos.co.uk, or our other sites, can always find what they want."

As part of the NetNames Platinum Service offering, Argos is also using Name Alert, a NetNames service which monitors if a person or another company attempts to register any domain name based on variations of the retailers name.

Jonathan Robinson, director of business development at NetNames, said: "Increasingly companies are realising the importance and value of protecting their online brands as they would do their trademarks and patents. This approach is key for high street retailers like Argos who are becoming increasingly dependent on websites as a sales channel , as well as an information tool for customers."

Notes to Editors

For further information please contact:
Daljit Bhurji, or Matt Ball, Hotwire, tel: +44 20 7608 2500
Email matt.ball@hotwirepr.com; daljit.bhurji@hotwirepr.com
or Scott Davison, NetBenefit plc, tel: +44 20 7549 5278, email

Jupiter Research estimate that 44 per cent of Western European users shopped online throughout 2003, with the average spend per buyer at E425.

About Net Benefit plc
NetBenefit plc (LSE:NBT) is Europe's leading specialist domain name management company and one of the UK's largest providers of website hosting services. Through its two brands, NetNames and NetBenefit, the company is responsible for managing and protecting online brands and domain names for international corporates and hosting websites for small and medium sized enterprises (SME). NetNames is an ICANN accredited registrar for generic top-level domains and has the ability to register names in all of the 240-plus country suffixes around the world. Within the NetNames offering there are a number of domain management services aimed at corporates and Intellectual Property professionals, including Platinum Service, Portfolio Manager, Brand Audit, Name Alert and Consultancy and Recovery Services. NetBenefit provides the SME market with domain names as well as web hosting and email services. NetBenefit plc is headquartered in London, with offices in New York, Nice and Milan. For further information, visit www.netbenefit.com.

About Argos
Argos is one of the UK's leading multi-channel retailers with over 520 stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland and sales of over £3billion. Argos, the pioneer of catalogue retailing in the UK, has established a strong brand focused on choice, value and convenience. It is also the 2003 Retailer or the Year and Multi-Channel retailer of the Year (awards by Retail Week). To visit Argos' award winning e-tail site, click on www.argos.co.uk.

Published on: 12:00AM on 19th December 2003