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13 December 2001

Merloni Household Appliance Group Selects EDS for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Software

PLANO, Texas, December 13, 2001 - EDS today announced Merloni Elettrodomestici (Merloni) has expanded its use of EDS product lifecycle management (PLM) software to support and extend its manufacturing enterprise by enabling employees at European manufacturing centers to collaborate on product designs over the Internet in real time. Under the contract with EDS' PLM Solutions line of business, terms of which were not disclosed, Merloni -- a leading European household appliance manufacturer -- will deploy an additional 53 licenses of EDS' Solid Edge® software (bringing the total seat count to 122) and will expand the use of its EDS' E-vis software to its manufacturing centers in Portugal, Turkey, France, Poland and Russia.

Solid Edge is a 3D computer-aided design (CAD) software solution for the design and development of mechanical products. E-vis software provides a secure, Internet connected workspace where members of the extended enterprise can collaborate, share data and conduct real-time, interactive conferences on 2D and 3D product data. Solid Edge's ease of use, powerful solid modeling functionality, fast legacy data conversion and minimal training time were cited as reasons for the software's selection.

"Solid Edge fully meets our needs and expectations," said Luca Tonelli, product life cycle consultant for the information technology department at Merloni. "In addition, E-vis will significantly enhance our ability to connect our geographically dispersed manufacturing centers in real-time collaboration on the development of new, innovative products."

Engineering Spa (www.engineering.it), a Solid Edge reseller in Cesena, Italy, supports the household appliances division of Industrie Merloni. Engineering Spa provides products, consulting, training, technical support and, as one of the Solid Edge Voyager Program members, customization and productivity tools.

About Merloni

Merloni Elettrodomestici was created in 1975, from the household appliances division of Industrie Merloni. Since 1987 its shares have been traded on the Milan Stock Exchange. It includes 13,000 employees and 21 subsidiaries around the world. Always oriented towards new technologies and product development, the company empowers teams of researchers and developers to constantly develop new patents and solutions.

About EDS

EDS, the leading global services company, provides strategy, implementation and hosting for clients managing the business and technology complexities of the digital economy. EDS brings together the world's best technologies to address critical client business imperatives. It helps clients eliminate boundaries, collaborate in new ways, establish their customers' trust and continuously seek improvement. EDS, with its management consulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, serves the world's leading companies and governments in 58 countries. EDS reported revenues of $19.2 billion in 2000. The company's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: EDS) and the London Stock Exchange.

The statements in this news release that are not historical statements, including statements regarding the amount of new contract values, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond EDS’ control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. For information concerning these risks and uncertainties, see EDS’ most recent Form 10-Q. EDS disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Solid Edge and E-vis are registered trademarks of EDS or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

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