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U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray Bank Analyst Andrew Collins Believes Retail Banking Contributions Have Peaked

- Analyst Examines Trends in Retail Banking Industry in New Report -

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Although retail banking now contributes 44 percent of estimated earnings at large banks in 2003, up from 26 percent in 2000, U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray Senior Financial Institutions Analyst Andrew Collins believes contributions may have peaked given an anticipated recovery in other sectors such as capital markets, investment management and processing in 2004 and beyond. Going forward, he anticipates the heavy investment in retail distribution at U.S. commercial banks to continue until merger activity re-accelerates.

In a new report entitled, Large Commercial Banks: Riding the Retail Banking Wave, Collins examines these trends among others facing the retail banking industry including: expanding de novo branch efforts (and refurbishments); increasing fees on deposits; reducing retail funding costs; incenting customer service representatives on service goals; and cross-selling of products such as home equity, online banking and credit/debit card through the branch network.

Those interested in receiving a copy of Large Commercial Banks: Riding the Retail Wave, clients and members of the media should contact Dana Wade at dwade@pjc.com or 415-277-1556.

About U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray:

U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray, a subsidiary of the consolidated group of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), is a focused securities firm comprised of two revenue- generating segments: Capital Markets and Private Client Services. Clients of both segments are supported by Investment Research. The firm provides a full range of investment products and services to individuals, institutions and businesses. The firm has over 126 offices in 25 states across the country. U.S. Bancorp offers a comprehensive range of financial solutions through U.S. Bank, U.S. Bancorp Asset Management, U.S. Bancorp Investments and U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray. For more information on U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray, visit www.piperjaffray.com .

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USBPJ research analysts receive compensation that is, in part, based on revenues of USBPJ Equity Capital Markets which include overall investment banking revenues. USBPJ research analysts who follow this Company report to the Head of Investment Research who, in turn, reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray.

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