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LONDON –10 September, 2007 – Piper Jaffray will co-host its Second Annual London Consumer Conference with ICR, 26-27 September, 2007 in London. More than 40 international and influential retailers; clothing, beauty and footwear brands; restaurants; and leisure/entertainment companies will present their latest growth strategies and address current industry trends.

The conference will also feature a teen panel on Wednesday, 26 September at 12:30 p.m. The panel will consist of teenage students from Alleyn's School in South London, who will provide their opinions on the latest trends in fashion, electronics, video games and food.

“International expansion is quickly becoming a key growth catalyst for many retailers and consumer brands,” said Mike Dennis, senior retail research analyst at Piper Jaffray Ltd. “This year's conference will provide investors with an opportunity to gain an insight into the international growth potential for many well-known consumer companies and what London's teenagers think are the important trends in the sector.”  

“The conference will serve as an international platform for Piper Jaffray where hundreds of our top institutional investors will benefit from the collaboration between our U.S.-based and London-based consumer research,” added Jeff Klinefelter, senior retail research analyst at Piper Jaffray.

Company and investor participation in the London Consumer Conference is by invitation only. Clients interested in attending should contact their Piper Jaffray representative. In addition, there will be a WI-FI enabled space for media. Members of the media who would like to attend should contact Rob Litt at 612 303-8266 or

Companies scheduled to present include: Abercrombie & Fitch Co.; Bare Escentuals, Inc.; Benetton Group SpA 1; Burger King Holdings, Inc.; Cache, Inc.; Carrefour SA; Crocs, Inc.; Deckers Outdoors Corporation; Dollar Tree Stores, Inc.; Geox S.p.A.; Gruppo Coin S.p.A.; Guess, Inc.; I.T Limited; Iconix Brand Group, Inc.; India Hospitality; Inter Parfums Inc.; IT Holding S.p.A.; Jones Soda Co.; Mariella Burani S.p.A.; McCormick & Schmicks Seafood Restaurants, Inc.; Metabolix, Inc.; Morton's Restaurant Group, Inc.; Peet's Coffee & Tea Inc.; Perry Ellis International, Inc.; Prime Success International Group Limited; RNB Retail and Brands AB; Ruth's Chris Steak House, Inc.; Shanda Interactive Entertainment; Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.; Target Corporation; Tempur-Pedic International Inc.; Tesco plc; THQ Inc.; Under Armour, Inc.; Urban Outfitters, Inc.; Volcom, Inc.; Warnaco Group, Inc. (The); Wolford AG.

About Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray Companies is a leading, international middle market investment bank and institutional securities firm, serving the needs of middle market corporations, private equity groups, public entities, nonprofit clients and institutional investors. Founded in 1895, Piper Jaffray provides a comprehensive set of products and services, including equity and debt capital markets products; public finance services; mergers and acquisitions advisory services; high-yield and structured products; institutional equity and fixed-income sales and trading; and equity and high-yield research. With headquarters in Minneapolis, Piper Jaffray has 25 offices across the United States and international locations in London and Shanghai. Piper Jaffray & Co. is the firm's principal operating subsidiary. (NYSE: PJC) (

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About Piper Jaffray Ltd.
Piper Jaffray Ltd. is a subsidiary of Piper Jaffray Companies and offers investment banking, equity research and equity sales and trading within Europe to middle market corporations, private equity groups and institutional investors.
Based in London, Piper Jaffray Ltd is the market leader in the UK healthcare and life sciences sector as adviser and broker to 18 healthcare clients.  The firm also has specialist teams in the Technology, Alternative Energy and Consumer sectors.  Piper Jaffray Ltd. is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority and is a member of the London Stock Exchange.

About ICR

ICR is a leading financial communications firm specializing in investor relations and corporate communications. Established in 1998, ICR represents more than 220, primarily publicly listed, companies and maintains offices in Westport, Conn., New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Beijing. ICR is one of the industry's fastest growing consultancies, and is regularly listed among the nation's top independent communications consulting firms.  

Rob Litt
Piper Jaffray
Tel: 612 303-8266

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