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GlaxoSmithKline plc : GSK completes divestment of Lucozade and Ribena to Suntory

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Issued: Tuesday 31 December 2013, London UK

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) today completed the previously announced divestment of its nutritional drinks brands Lucozade and Ribena to Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd for £1.35 billion.

GSK - one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies - is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.  For further information please visit www.gsk.com.

About Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd

Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd (SBF) is a leading global soft drink company, headquartered in Japan and listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, with an integrated platform across four key regions: Japan, Europe, Oceania and Southeast Asia. SBF has an extensive product line-up and in 2012 was the number 4 supplier of soft drinks globally and 2nd in Japan. SBF's vision is to be the leading global soft drink company recognized for its premium and unique brands.

SBF is a core company of Suntory Group, which was founded in 1899.  With global consolidated sales of over £12 billion in 2012, Suntory has a range of businesses encompassing alcoholic beverages, wellness, food, restaurants and flowers with approximately 200 companies and 29,000 employees across Japan, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas. For further information please visit http://www.suntory.com/softdrink/index.html

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Cautionary statement regarding forward-looking statements
GSK cautions investors that any forward-looking statements or projections made by GSK, including those made in this announcement, are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Factors that may affect GSK' s operations are described under Item 3.D 'Risk factors' in the company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for 2012.

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