Rye, NY
August 17, 2006
CUSIP 362397408
For information:
Carter Austin
(914) 921-5070

  The Board of Directors of The Gabelli Equity Trust Inc. (NYSE:GAB) authorized an increase in the cash distribution from $0.19 per share to $0.20 per share for the third quarter of 2006 and reaffirmed the Gabelli Equity Trust's 10% Distribution Policy.

The third quarter distribution, which represents a 5% increase over the previous quarter's distribution, consists of the $0.19 per share quarterly distribution plus an additional $0.01 per share. The distribution is payable on September 25, 2006 to common stock shareholders of record on September 15, 2006.

Under the Gabelli Equity Trust's distribution policy, the Fund pays a minimum annual distribution of 10% of the average net asset value of the Fund. The Fund paid the current quarterly distribution of $0.19 per share to shareholders in the first and second quarters of 2006. The Fund anticipates an adjusting distribution in the fourth quarter of a sufficient amount to pay 10% of the average net asset value of the Fund, as of the last day of the four preceding calendar quarters, or to satisfy the minimum distribution requirements of the Internal Revenue Code, whichever is greater. Each quarter, the Board of Directors reviews the amount of any potential distribution based on the income, capital gains or capital available.

We note that 10% of the current average net asset value per share would be $0.84 based on the ending net asset values per share for the previous three quarters, December 31, 2005, March 31, 2006 and June 30, 2006, of $8.10, $8.61, and $8.54, respectively, and the net asset value per share on July 31, 2006 of $8.48. The average net asset value per share is subject to change as of year-end.

A portion of the distribution may be treated as long-term capital gain and qualified dividend income for individuals, each subject to the maximum Federal income tax rate, which is currently 15% in taxable accounts for individuals. If the Fund does not generate earnings from dividends, interest and net realized capital gains equal to or in excess of the aggregate distributions paid by the Fund for the year, then the amount distributed in excess of the Fund's investment income and net realized capital gains will be deemed a non-taxable return of capital.

Long-term capital gains, qualified dividend income, ordinary income and paid-in capital, if any, will be allocated on a pro-rata basis to all distributions to common shareholders for the year. As of August 17, 2006, the date of this press release, the current distribution would include approximately 19% from net investment income, 41% from net capital gains and 40% from paid-in capital. The estimated components of each distribution are provided to shareholders of record in a notice accompanying the distribution and are available on our website ( The final determination of the sources of all distributions in 2006 will be made after year-end. All shareholders with taxable accounts will receive written notification regarding the components and tax treatment for all 2006 distributions in early 2007 via Form 1099-DIV.

The Gabelli Equity Trust Inc. is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company with $1.8 billion in total assets whose primary investment objective is long term growth of capital. The Fund is managed by Gabelli Funds, LLC, a subsidiary of GAMCO Investors, Inc. (NYSE:GBL), which is a publicly traded NYSE listed company.