Exhibition Industry Declines 3.1 Percent in 2008

Exhibit space, exhibitors, attendance, and revenues: Each of these key indicators of the exhibition industry’s health dropped in 2008, resulting in the first overall decline for this market since 2002, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research’s 6th annual CEIR Index report.

Overall in 2008, the exhibition industry shrank 3.1 percent, according to the CEIR data, owing largely to a rough second half of the year. In the third and fourth quarters of 2008, the index dropped

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