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 /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/   (IRT EQY)  CO:  Standard & Poor's; McGraw-Hill Companies ST:  New York IN:  FIN PUB SU: