Professional attendance at exhibitions showed the biggest gain in the second quarter of this year among the four metrics tracked by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research, Dallas.
Overall the CEIR Index showed the 12th consecutive quarter of year-on-year growth, increasing 1.2 percent overall, though this is down .3 percentage point compared to the second quarter of last year.
Professional Attendance jumped 3.9 percent, the biggest gain since the first quarter of 2012. This increase was a percentage point higher than the 2.9 percent increase last year. Real Revenues showed a slight increase as well, 1.4 percent, but were down compared to 2 percent over the same time in 2012. Net Square Feet was flat this quarter and down from a 1 percent increase in the second quarter of last year. Finally, Exhibitors declined by .5 percent compared to .1 percent increase that was seen during the same time last year.
By industry sector, the leaders so far in 2013 have been Professional Business Services, increasing 3.9 percent, Raw Materials and Science also is increasing, 3.9 percent, and Food is increasing 3.4 percent. The Government sector declined by nearly 10 percent, which CEIR attributes to retrenchment of state and local government expenditures, and sequestration imposed on federal government limiting government attendees at exhibitions. Details: www.ceir.org.