The exhibition industry slowed to a crawl in the fourth quarter and finished 2012 with lower than anticipated growth, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research’s CEIR Index. The exhibition industry grew just 1.5 percent in 2012, lagging the overall U.S. economy, which grew 2.2 percent as measured by the Gross Domestic Product. The industry also underperformed its projected 2012 growth of 2.9 percent. For the year, attendance was up about 2 percent over 2011 ...

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