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Trinity Mirror PLC
09 December 2004


                                                      Thursday 9th December 2004

                               TRINITY MIRROR PLC
                            PRE CLOSE TRADING UPDATE
                     53 week period ending 2ndJanuary 2005

Trinity Mirror plc is today issuing a trading update, ahead of the close period,
which is in line with expectations.

The Company will announce its preliminary results for the 53 weeks ending 2nd
January 2005 on 3rd March 2005.

Advertising revenues

Group advertising revenues for the 5 months to November 2004, on a like for like
basis excluding the regional titles in Ireland disposed in January 2004, have
increased by 4.2% year on year.

The Regionals division achieved advertising revenue growth of 4.5% year on year
for the period. With the exception of motors, all categories achieved year on
year growth with particularly strong growth in property.

The Nationals division achieved advertising revenue growth of 2.8% year on year
reflecting a 1.6% increase in the UK National titles and a 6.1% increase for the
Scottish National titles.

The Sports division and the Magazines and Exhibitions division achieved
advertising revenue growth of 14.5% and 2.8% respectively.

Circulation revenues

Group circulation revenues for the 5 months to November 2004 on a like for like
basis excluding the regional titles in Ireland disposed in January 2004, have
increased by 3.3% year on year.

All newspaper divisions continued to achieve strong circulation revenue
performance with increases of 4.4% for Regional titles, 3.3% for UK National
titles, 0.8% for Scottish National titles and 5.8% for Sports newspapers.
Magazines and Exhibitions revenue was down 1.0%.

The strong circulation revenue performance reflects the benefit of increased
cover prices partially offset by circulation declines.

Enquiries:

Trinity Mirror plc                                   020 7293 3000
Vijay Vaghela, Group Finance Director
Nick Fullagar, Director of Corporate Communications

Finsbury                                             020 7251 3801
Rupert Younger
James Leviton




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