Business Objects and Crystal Decisions, Inc. announced that the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 with respect to Business Objects' proposed acquisition of Crystal Decisions has expired. Business Objects announced a definitive agreement to acquire Crystal Decisions on July 18, 2003. The transaction remains subject to certain conditions, including the approval of Business Objects shareholders.

On August 29, 2003, Business Objects filed a registration statement with the SEC containing Business Objects' and Crystal Decisions' proxy statement/prospectus/information statement regarding the proposed acquisition of Crystal Decisions by Business Objects. Investors and security holders of Business Objects and Crystal Decisions are urged to read the proxy statement/prospectus/information statement filed with the SEC on August 29, 2003, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus/information statement when it becomes available and any other relevant materials filed by Business Objects or Crystal Decisions with the SEC because they contain, or will contain, important information about Business Objects, Crystal Decisions and the proposed acquisition.

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