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SPRING FAIR 2013: Visitor numbers grow six per cent

68,116 buyers flocked to the Birmingham NEC; 2014 event dated.
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This year's Spring Fair International welcomed 68,116 visitors through the doors of the Birmingham NEC earlier this month - a rise of six per cent in 2012.

Buyers attended from independent retailers, as well as major stores such as Selfridges, House of Fraser, John Lewis, Hamleys, Harrods, Liberty, Marks & Spencer and Tesco among others.

There were around 300,000 new launches showcased by 3,000 exhibitors across 13 different market sectors.

Meanwhile, the Spring Fair Retail Barometer, the show's own industry survey, found that 82 per cent of retailers are forecasting growth in 2013 and an improvement in consumer confidence.

"We are delighted that so many retailers attended this year's Spring Fair and that they were placing such healthy orders with exhibitors," said Sarah Mclaughlin, portfolio director of Spring Fair. "There was a real emphasis on innovation and creativity throughout the show."

Next year's Spring Fair International will take place between February 2nd and 6th, 2014.

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