Media Advisory - Investors weigh opportunities, mixed conditions for consumer stocks at CIBC World Markets Conference



    NEW YORK, June 26 /CNW/ - CIBC (CM: TSX; NYSE) - CIBC World Markets, a
leading provider of services to mid- and small-cap growth companies, has
assembled an impressive list of more than 60 presenting companies for its 7th
Annual Consumer Growth Conference in Boston July 10-11.
    The event, considered one of the leading conferences among consumer
growth companies, provides a valuable mid-year opportunity for investors to
assess the state of the consumer and the outlook for retail, restaurant,
hardline and consumer products industries. The markets have been particularly
strong over the first half of the year, and investors will be looking to the
presenting companies to help assess whether consumer strength will hold into
the second half of 2007 in light of mixed conditions which include a slowing
housing market, rising interest rates and energy prices. Other topics likely
to be of interest to investors include M&A and private equity activity as well
as new trends reflective of changing consumer preferences.
    In addition to executive presentations to investors and analysts, the
conference features keynote speaker Marshal Cohen, Chief Industry Analyst from
the NPD Group. Cohen is one of the foremost authorities on consumer behaviour,
having followed retail trends for more than 30 years.
    CIBC World Markets' coverage of the Consumer Growth sector consists of
eight senior analysts and over 120 companies, many of which are confirmed to
attend (list subject to change):

    
    -   1-800 Flowers (FLWS)
    -   Aeropostale (ARO)
    -   AFC Enterprises (AFCE)
    -   Applebee's International, Inc. (APPB)
    -   Bare Escentuals (BARE)
    -   Best Buy (BBY)
    -   BJ's Restaurant (BJRI)
    -   Bob Evans Farms (BOBE)
    -   Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD)
    -   Burger King (BKC)
    -   Casual Male Retail Group, Inc. (CMRG)
    -   Central Garden & Pet (CENT)
    -   Charming Shoppes (CHRS)
    -   Cheesecake Factory (CAKE)
    -   Chico's FAS, Inc. (CHS)
    -   Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc. (PLCE)
    -   Christopher & Banks Corp. (CBK)
    -   Church & Dwight (CHD)
    -   Circuit City (CC)
    -   CKE Restaurants (CKR)
    -   Coldwater Creek (CWTR)
    -   Darden Restaurants (DRI)
    -   Delek USA (DK)
    -   Design Within Reach (DWRI)
    -   Directed Electronics (DEIX)
    -   Domino's Pizza (DPZ)
    -   Dressbarn (DBRN)
    -   DSW Inc.(DSW)
    -   Famous Dave's of America (DAVE)
    -   Guess? Inc. (GES)
    -   Gymboree Corp. (GYMB)
    -   Hibbett Sporting Goods (HIBB)
    -   Jamba Juice (JMBA)
    -   Jarden Corporation (JAH)
    -   J. Crew (JCG)
    -   Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (KKD)
    -   Lifetime Brands (LCUT)
    -   Liquidity Services (LQDT)
    -   McCormick & Schmick's (MSSR)
    -   Morton's Restaurant Group (MRT)
    -   Nordstrom (JWN)
    -   Nu Skin (NUS)
    -   Panera Bread Company (PNRA)
    -   Peet's Coffee & Tea (PEET)
    -   Playtex (PYX)
    -   Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. (PBH)
    -   Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (RRGB)
    -   Ruth's Chris Steak House (RUTH)
    -   Scotts Miracle-Gro (SMG)
    -   Sonic Corporation (SONC)
    -   Stage Stores (SSI)
    -   Talbots (TLB)
    -   Texas Roadhouse (TXRH)
    -   Tiffany & Co. (TIF)
    -   True Religion Apparel (TRLG)
    -   Tupperware (TUP)
    -   Urban Outfitters (URBN)
    -   Volcom, Inc. (VLCM)
    -   Weight Watchers (WTW)
    -   Williams-Sonoma (WSM)

    Research notes and interviews may be arranged with any of the CIBC World
Markets' Analysts:

    -   Joe Altobello - Consumer & Household Products
    -   Jeff Farmer - Restaurants (Small-Cap Growth)
    -   John Glass - Restaurants
    -   Paul Keung - Internet & E-Commerce
    -   Dorothy Lakner - Specialty Retailers (Softlines)
    -   Vivian Ma - Hardlines (Consumer Electronics, Home Goods, Pet Food) &
        Lifestyle (Fitness, Wellness)
    -   Roxanne Meyer - Specialty Retailers (Softlines)
    -   Sujata Shekar - Hardlines (Sporting Goods)
    

    Please also note that following the Consumer Growth Conference on
July 12, CIBC World Markets will host a one-day Gaming, Lodging and Leisure
Conference in Boston, featuring many of the best-known companies in those
sectors.
    More information including a conference agenda can be found at:
http://conferences.cibcwm.com/consumer07. An audio web cast of conference will
be available starting Tuesday, July 10 at 8 a.m. ET:
(http://conferences.cibcwm.com/consumer07) (enter code: boston2007).

    Media attendance:

    This event is by invitation only; media wishing to attend are required to
register in advance by calling Tom Wallis at 416-980-4048.
    CIBC World Markets is the wholesale and corporate banking arm of CIBC,
providing a range integrated credit and capital markets products, investment
banking, and merchant banking to clients in key financial markets in North
America and around the world. We provide innovative capital solutions and
advisory expertise across a wide range of industries as well as top-ranked
research for our corporate, government and institutional clients.
    The Consumer Growth Conference is organized by CIBC World Markets
Institutional Equities.




For further information:

For further information: Tom Wallis, Communications & Public Affairs,
CIBC, (416) 980-4048, tom.wallis@cibc.ca


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