Buyback of shares

Yesterday, 14 March 2000, Orkla ASA purchased a total of 508,600 shares in Orkla ASA at a price of NOK 128 per share. The shares were purchased through a stockbroker. After the transaction, the Orkla Group has a total holding of 8,863,328 shares in Orkla ASA (including 100% of the shares owned by Oktav Invest).