The exhibition industry grew 2.7 percent in 2011, exceeding expectations and outpacing the growth of the U.S. gross domestic product, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research. The year-end numbers, which exceeded CEIR’s forecast of 2.3 percent growth at the beginning of 2011, were buoyed by a strong fourth quarter when all four metrics jumped considerably. Net square feet of exhibition space sold jumped 4.2 percent, revenue climbed 5.1 percent, professional attendance spiked ...

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