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CEIR: Trade show performance up slightly in Q1

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Dallas—Trade shows' overall performance increased 1.3% in the first quarter compared with the year-earlier period, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research's quarterly index. The first quarter's growth rate marked a modest acceleration from the 0.9% growth tracked in the fourth quarter of 2012. The CEIR Index measures year-over-year changes in four metrics to determine overall trade show performance: net square feet of exhibit space sold; professional attendance; number of exhibiting companies; and gross revenue. The highest gains were seen in net square feet, which grew 2.3% in the first quarter compared with the year-earlier period, followed closely by the number of exhibitors, up 2.2%. Revenues increased by 1.0% compared with the first quarter of 2012, but the number of attendees declined by 0.2%.
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