RNS Number:9175V
Northgate PLC
02 May 2007


2 May 2007

                                 Northgate plc

                         Pre-Close Trading Statement


Northgate plc ('Northgate' or the 'Group'), the leading commercial vehicle hire
company in the UK and Spain, is today issuing an update on trading ahead of its
close period before the release of its preliminary results for the year ended 30
April 2007.

In the UK, the hire rate environment has stabilised and has been accompanied by
improved utilisations and modest fleet growth. A significant reorganisation of
the UK business has also taken place. Residual values have improved against the
levels achieved in the previous financial year.

In line with our expectations and contrary to recent press comment, we have seen
no evidence of any reduction in demand from the construction sector in Spain,
since our construction customers' activity is predominantly infrastructure
focused. The Group's Spanish business continues to perform strongly.

Interest costs are higher than originally expected due to the increases in
Euribor and Libor. The Group has substantially increased the proportion of its
net debt that is at a fixed rate.

Trading for the Group for the financial year has been satisfactory and the
overall performance has been in line with the Board's expectations.


Northgate's preliminary results will be announced on 3 July 2007.


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For further information, please contact:

Northgate plc                                                  Tel: 01325 467558
Steve Smith, Chief Executive Officer
Gerard Murray, Group Finance Director

Hogarth Partnership Limited                                   Tel: 0207 357 9477
Andrew Jaques
Barnaby Fry
Anthony Arthur



Further information regarding Northgate can be found on the Group's website:
http://www.northgateplc.com



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