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Washington Mutual Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2005 Earnings Release and Conference Call

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 5, 2006--Washington Mutual, Inc. (NYSE:WM) will release the company's fourth quarter and year-end 2005 earnings on Wednesday, January 18, 2006, following the close of the New York Stock Exchange.

A conference call to discuss the company's financial results will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2006, at 5:00 pm 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 prepared remarks will be available on the company's web site prior to the call.

The dial-in number for the live conference call is 800-857-5735. Participants calling from outside the United States may dial 210-234-0006. 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 recording of the conference call will be available from 7:00 pm EST on Wednesday, January 18, 2006, through 11:59 pm EST on Friday, January 27, 2006. The recorded message will be available at 800-395-6236. Callers from outside the United States may dial 203-369-3270.

With a history dating back to 1889, Washington Mutual is a national financial services company that provides a diversified line of products and services to consumers and small- to mid-sized businesses. At September 30, 2005, Washington Mutual and its subsidiaries had assets of $333.62 billion. Washington Mutual currently operates more than 2,500 retail banking, mortgage lending, commercial banking and financial services offices throughout the nation. Washington Mutual's press releases are available at

CONTACT: Washington Mutual
Media Contact:
Alan Gulick, 206-377-3637
Investor Contact:
Alan Magleby, 206-490-5182 or 212-326-6019

SOURCE: Washington Mutual