For the first quarter in more than two years, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research Index showed year-over-year growth, jumping 5.5 percent in the third quarter compared to the same period in 2009. It had been nine consecutive quarters of decline for the CEIR Index, dating back to the first quarter of 2008— the longest downturn since the index launched in 2000. “This is most welcome news and tends to confirm some of the anecdotal reports we have reviewed,” said Doug Ducate, CEM, CMP, ...

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