Lawson Signs Retail Insight Contract with Safeway

Paul Demery

Applications Will Help Grocery Retailer Better Understand Buying Behavior to Inform Both Product and Marketing Operations

ST. PAUL, Minn.--April 18, 2005--Lawson Software (Nasdaq:LWSN) signed a contract with Safeway Inc. in Lawson`s third quarter of fiscal 2005, which ended Feb. 28, 2005. The grocery chain licensed Lawson`s Retail InSight software to support its product management and marketing goals by enabling Safeway to better understand the buying patterns of consumers based on macro-data on cross-category buying on different types of shopping trips.

Safeway Inc. is one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America with 1,802 stores in the United States and Canada. In support of its stores, Safeway also operates an extensive network of distribution, manufacturing and food processing facilities.

"Lawson uniquely enables retailers to achieve a level of analysis of purchasing habits," said Dr. Peter Grindrod, chief mathematician, Lawson Software. "We`re committed to delivering advanced technology - capable of analyzing massive de-identified transaction databases - to help retailers become customer centric across their business and to increase net profits." Lawson`s industry-focused software solutions help retailers integrate the systems they use to run and grow their businesses. Lawson customers include five of the top 10 U.S.-based retailers, eight of the top 20 apparel retailers, seven of the top 25 grocery chains, 23 of the top 100 restaurant chains and 20 of the top 100 specialty chains.

About Lawson Software
Lawson Software provides business application software and consulting services that put time on the side of services organizations in the healthcare, retail, government and education, banking and insurance and other markets. Lawson`s software suites include enterprise performance management, distribution, financials, human resources, procurement, retail operations and service process optimization. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., Lawson has offices and affiliates serving North and South America, Europe, and Africa.

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Lawson Software, St. Paul
Terry Blake, 651-767-4766
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Jenny Myers, 217-649-2965

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