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Spring Fair bucks high street gloom

Published on: 21st February 2013

Spring Fair International, organised by i2i Events, opened on February 3rd 2013 at the NEC and welcomed over 68,116 visitors, with overall visitor numbers up 6% on last year.

Buyers attended from leading independent retailers and all of the UK’s major stores were well represented.

Spring Fair offered Europe’s largest presentation of trend-driven gift products. Around 300,000 new launches were showcased by 3,000 exhibitors operating across 13 different market sectors.

The signs of economic recovery were indicated by the Spring Fair Retail Barometer, the show’s own major industry survey, which revealed that 82% of retailers are forecasting growth in 2013 and an improvement in consumer confidence.

Over £2 billion of business is forecast to be generated by companies who participated at Spring Fair. The show also offered buyers a content programme across eight seminar theatres, demo areas and full-scale catwalks.

Sarah Mclaughlin, portfolio director of Spring Fair International, said: “We are delighted that so many retailers attended this year’s Spring Fair and that they were placing such healthy orders with exhibitors. There was a real emphasis on innovation and creativity throughout the show, including the new Design Lab area which provided buyers with a new hot bed of creative talent.”

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