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Reminder -- NASDAQ to Host Business Panel on the State of the Fashion Apparel/Retail Industry

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ADVISORY, Oct. 18, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) --

What: Capping off fashion week, The NASDAQ Stock Market will host a panel discussion focused on the business of the retail and apparel industry. The panel will include industry experts and focus on the following topics: -- The state of the retail / apparel and fashion industry at large; -- Trends within these industry sectors; -- Access to capital in retail/apparel market and the IPO process. Who: Bruce Aust, Executive Vice President & Head of Listings for The NASDAQ Stock Market's Corporate Client Group; Joe Pellegrini, Head of Consumer & Retail Investment Banking for Wachovia Capital Markets, LLC, Eric M. Beder, Senior Vice President, Brean Murray, Carret & Co. Marcy Medina, West Coast Bureau Chief of WWD, who will serve as the moderator When: Friday, October 20, 2006 10:00 a.m. -- 11:00 a.m. -- Brunch will be served -- Reporters, designers and industry participants are welcome to attend Where: Downtown Standard Hotel 550 South Flower 6th St. Los Angeles, CA RSVP: Interested parties should RSVP to Silvia Davi, silvia.davi@nasdaq.com or Stephanie Lowenthal, stephanie.lowenthal@nasdaq.com

NASDAQ is a sponsor of the annual LA Fashion Awards and will be presenting the best performing stock award at the annual event the evening of October 20th. For more information on the LA Fashion Awards you can visit, www.lafashionawards.com

NASDAQ is the largest U.S. electronic stock market. With approximately 3,200 companies, it lists more companies and, on average, trades more shares per day than any other U.S. market. It is home to companies that are leaders across all areas of business including technology, retail, communications, financial services, transportation, media and biotechnology. NASDAQ is the primary market for trading NASDAQ-listed stocks. For more information about NASDAQ, visit the NASDAQ Web site at http://www.nasdaq.com or the NASDAQ Newsroom at http://www.nasdaq.com/newsroom/ .

CONTACT: The NASDAQ Stock Market Silvia Davi (646) 441-5014 silvia.davi@nasdaq.com

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