The exhibition industry grew 2.7 percent in the first quarter, outpacing the U.S. gross domestic product, a leading economic indicator that grew 2 percent in the same period. The Center for Exhibition Industry Research’s CEIR Index also showed that all four metrics it tracks were up in the first quarter compared to the first quarter of 2011. Attendance was the key driver for the period, growing about 4.6 percent year over year. Net square feet of exhibition space sold jumped ...

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