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Western Union and Publix Renew Money Transfer Agreement

17:12 EDT Monday, October 23, 2006

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (Business Wire) -- The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a global leader in money transfer services, and Publix Super Markets Inc., the largest and fastest-growing employee-owned supermarket chain in the United States, today announced the signing of a multi-year renewal agreement to offer Western Union Money Transfer(R) services at nearly 900 Publix locations throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The multi-year renewal extends Western Union's existing agreement with Publix, which offers Western Union Money Transfer services through its entire supermarket chain. Publix initially introduced Western Union Money Transfer(R) services in a pilot program with 16 store locations in Atlanta and Miami in 2001. As a result of positive consumer response, Publix expanded service availability to its entire network of nearly 900 locations.

"At Publix we strive to provide our customers with a premier shopping experience involving products and services of the highest quality and value," said Publix director of media and community relations, Maria Brous. "That includes offering added conveniences such as money transfer services from a name our customers know."

"Publix and Western Union share a commitment to providing the highest levels of service to the consumer," said Bill Thomas, president, The Americas, Western Union. "Publix has become an important part of the Western Union Agent network and our extended agreement will ensure that Publix customers continue to have access to Western Union's quick and reliable money transfer services at their neighborhood supermarket."

About Western Union

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global money transfer services. Together with its affiliates, Orlandi Valuta and Vigo, Western Union provides consumers with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, as well as send payments and purchase money orders. It operates through a network of more than 270,000 Agent locations in over 200 countries and territories. Online, by phone or in person - Western Union makes it easy to send money virtually anywhere in the world. Famous for its pioneering telegraph services, the original Western Union dates back to 1851. The company has been credited with having introduced the age of electronic commerce by beginning its electronic money transfer service in 1871. For more information, visit

About Publix

Publix, a privately-held company operating stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee, was founded by George W. Jenkins in 1930 in Winter Haven, Florida. It has grown into a Fortune 500 company with more than 800 stores and is one of the fastest-growing employee-owned companies in the United States. Publix is known for its philosophy of pleasing the customer; the Publix guarantee to never knowingly disappoint its customers is legendary in the industry.


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