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Washington Mutual Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2004 Earnings Release and Conference Call

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 10, 2005--Washington Mutual, Inc. (NYSE:WM) will release the company's fourth quarter and year-end 2004 earnings on Wednesday, January 19, 2005, following the close of the New York Stock Exchange.

A conference call to discuss the company's financial results will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2005, at 10:30 am EST and will be hosted by Kerry Killinger, chairman and chief executive officer, and Tom Casey, executive vice president and chief financial officer. The conference call is available by telephone or on the Internet.

The dial-in number for the live conference call is 888-780-9655. Participants calling from outside the United States may dial 712-421-1601. The passcode "WaMu" is required to access the call. Via the Internet, the conference call is available on the Investor Relations portion of the company's web site at A transcript of the prepared remarks will be on the company's web site for 30 days following the call.

A recording of the conference call will be available after 1 pm EST on Thursday, January 20, 2005, through 11:59 pm EST on Saturday, January 29, 2005. The recorded message will be available at 866-511-5153. Callers from outside the United States may dial 203-369-1953.

With a history dating back to 1889, Washington Mutual is a retailer of financial services that provides a diversified line of products and services to consumers and commercial clients. At September 30, 2004, Washington Mutual and its subsidiaries had assets of $288.83 billion. Washington Mutual currently operates more than 2,300 retail banking, mortgage lending, commercial banking and financial services offices throughout the nation. Washington Mutual's press releases are available at

    CONTACT: Washington Mutual, Inc.
             Media Contact:
             Alan Gulick, 206-377-3637
             Investor Contact:
             Alan Magleby, 206-490-5182 or 212-702-6955

    SOURCE: Washington Mutual, Inc.