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NEW YORK, May 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Piper Jaffray & Co. is pleased to announce it is holding its 26th annual Consumer Conference June 6-7 in New York. Highlighting this year's conference will be two special lunch presentations. On June 6, 20 teenagers will be speaking on a panel regarding fashion, video games and overall spending trends. The panel will be moderated by Piper Jaffray Senior Research Analysts Jeff Klinefelter and Tony Gikas. On June 7, a special presentation will be given by Robyn Waters, the author of "The Trendmaster's Guide: Get a Jump on What Your Customer Wants Next."

The conference will also include management presentations from a wide range of established and emerging small-, mid- and large-capitalization consumer companies in restaurants, hardlines retail, broadlines retail and consumer products, leisure and entertainment, specialty retailing, and food processing and distribution.

"We are excited to offer our clients a lineup of consumer company presentations from restaurants to apparel, providing insights on new trends and products for the second half of 2006," said Joel Denney, head of Investment Research at Piper Jaffray. "We are also pleased to offer clients our special teen panel exploring spending habits and fashion trends in the youth market."

Companies scheduled to present and attend the conference include: Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Activision Inc., Aeropostale Inc., American Eagle Outfitters Inc., Applebee's International Inc., Bakers Footwear Group Inc., Beacon Roofing Supply Inc., Big Lots Inc., Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp., Brown Shoe Company Inc., Cache Inc., Central Garden & Pet Company, Charlotte Russe Holding Inc., Charming Shoppes Inc., Cheesecake Factory Inc., Chico's FAS Inc., Christopher & Banks Corp., Citi Trends Inc., Coach Inc., Denney's Corp., Diamond Foods Inc., Dollar Tree Stores Inc., Fastenal Company, Fingerhut Direct Marketing Inc., Fortune Brands Inc., Fossil Inc., Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., Gander Mountain Company, Gap Inc., Genesco Inc., Gold Kist Inc., Golf Galaxy Inc., Guess? Inc., Hain Celestial Group Inc., Hormel Foods Corp., Hot Topic Inc., Iconix Brand Group Inc., Inter Parfums Inc., JAKKS Pacific Inc., J.C. Penney Company Inc., K2 Inc., Kirkland's Inc., Landec Corp., LeapFrog Enterprises Inc., Life Time Fitness Inc., McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants Inc., Morton's Restaurant Group Inc., Nash Finch Company, Navarre Corp., O'Charley's Inc., Oxford Industries Inc., Pacific Sunwear of California Inc., Panera Bread Company, Performance Food Group Company, Perry Ellis International Inc., Phillips-Van Heusen Corp., Pool Corp., Premium Standard Farms Inc., RARE Hospitality International, Inc., RC2 Corp., Regis Corp., Rocky Shoes & Boots Inc., Select Comfort Corp., Skechers U.S.A. Inc., Sonic Corp., Stage Stores Inc., Staples Inc., Tempur-Pedic International Inc., THQ Inc., Tractor Supply Company, Tweeter Home Entertainment Group Inc., Ubisoft Entertainment SA, United Natural Foods Inc., Urban Outfitters Inc., VCA Antech Inc., Volcom Inc., Warnaco Group Inc., Wet Seal Inc., Wild Oats Markets Inc., Williams-Sonoma Inc. and Zumiez Inc.

Company and investor participation in the Piper Jaffray Consumer Conference is by invitation only. Clients interested in attending should contact their Piper Jaffray representative. Members of the media who would like to attend should contact Susan Beatty at 612 303-5680 or .

Piper Jaffray & Co. is the chief operating subsidiary of Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE: PJC), a focused securities firm dedicated to delivering superior financial advice, investment products and transaction execution within selected sectors of the financial services marketplace. The company currently operates through two primary revenue-generating segments: Capital Markets and Private Client Services. The sale of the company's Private Client Services branch network, announced April 11, 2006, currently is pending. The company's Capital Markets business generates revenue through two groups: Corporate and Institutional Services and Public Finance Services. Through its chief operating subsidiary, Piper Jaffray & Co., the firm has served corporations, government and nonprofit entities, institutional investors and the financial advisory needs of private individuals since 1895. With headquarters in Minneapolis, Piper Jaffray has approximately 2,800 employees in 107 offices in 23 states across the country and in London. For more information about Piper Jaffray, visit us online at .

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