The exhibition industry suffered big declines in the first quarter of 2009, dropping 11.6 percent compared to the first quarter of 2008, according to the CEIR Index, published by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research. It is the biggest single quarter decline since CEIR started tracking data in 2000. Revenues were hardest hit, dropping 19.7 percent for the quarter. Net square footage of exhibit space used fell 14.8 percent in the first quarter, while the number of exhibiting companies ...

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