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Standard & Poor's Announces Changes to S&P U.S. Indices

  NEW YORK, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Standard & Poor's will make the following
changes in the S&P SmallCap 600 and S&P REIT Composite Indices: 


      *  AFC Enterprises Inc. (Nasdaq: AFCE) will replace Hall, Kinion &
       Associates Inc. (Nasdaq: HAKI) in the S&P SmallCap 600 Index after the
       close of trading on Tuesday, February 11, 2003.  Hall, Kinion &
       Associates had a market capitalization of $25 million after the close
       of trading on February 6, ranking 600 in the S&P SmallCap 600 Index.
      *  Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (NYSE: RPT) will replace IRT Property
       Company (NYSE: IRT) in the S&P REIT Composite Index after the close of
       trading on Wednesday, February 12, 2003.  IRT Property is being
       acquired by Equity One (NYSE: EQY) in a transaction scheduled to close
       on or about that date, pending shareholder and regulatory approval.
       Equity One will not be added to an S&P index at this time.
      Following is a summary of the announced changes:
                    S&P SMALLCAP 600 INDEX - February 11, 2003
                      COMPANY       GICS ECONOMIC SECTOR   GICS SUB-INDUSTRY
      ADDED       AFC Enterprises        Consumer             Restaurants
                                     Discretionary
      DELETED      Hall, Kinion        Industrials         Employment Services
                 & Associates
                   S&P REIT COMPOSITE INDEX - February 12, 2003
                      COMPANY           REIT TYPE          PROPERTY CATEGORY
      ADDED      Ramco-Gershenson        Equity                Retail
               Properties Trust
      DELETED   IRT Property Company     Equity                Retail


  AFC Enterprises develops, operates and franchises quick-service
restaurants, bakeries and cafes, primarily under the trade names Popeyes
Chicken & Biscuits, Church's Chicken and Cinnabon.  The company, headquartered
in Atlanta, GA, will be added to the S&P SmallCap 600 GICS (Global Industry
Classification Standard) Restaurants sub-industry. 
Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust is a REIT engaged in the business of
owning, developing, acquiring, managing and leasing community shopping
centers.  The company, headquartered in Southfield, MI, will be added to the
S&P REIT Composite Retail property category. 
Company additions to and deletions from an S&P equity index do not in any
way reflect an opinion on the investment merits of the company. 
  Standard & Poor's is a leader in providing highly valued financial data,
analytical research and investment and credit opinions to the global capital
markets. Among the company's many products are the S&P Global 1200, the first
real-time, global equity index, the S&P 500, the premier U.S. portfolio index,
and credit ratings on more than 220,000 securities and funds.  With 5,000
employees located in 19 countries, Standard & Poor's is an integral part of
the world's financial architecture. Additional information is available at
http://www.standardandpoors.com 
  Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies is a global information
services provider meeting worldwide needs in the financial services, education
and business information markets through leading brands such as Standard &
Poor's, BusinessWeek and McGraw-Hill Education. The Corporation has more than
350 offices in 33 countries. Sales in 2002 were $4.8 billion. Additional
information is available at http://www.mcgraw-hill.com.
  

SOURCE  Standard & Poor's 
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/CONTACT:  David Blitzer, Managing Director, Quantitative Services,
+1-212-438-3907, or Carol Levine, Communications Manager, +1-212-438-3534,
sp_global@standardandpoors.com, both of Standard & Poor's/ 


    /Web site:  http://www.standardandpoors.com
                http://www.mcgraw-hill.com/


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-0- Feb/07/2003 22:45 GMT
 
 
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