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Cologne fair attendance rises 3.4%

Event draws 120,000 visitors

COLOGNE, Germany — The latest IMM Cologne home furnishings trade fair experienced a 3.4% increase in visitors from 2013 and a 1% gain in international visitors, show officials announced.

The Jan. 13-19 event drew 120,000 visitors, up from 116,000 reported last year. This included 86,000 visitors from Germany and 34,000 from 129 other countries, up just over 300 from last year.

Officials said there was particularly strong attendance from the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Italy, China and the United States. Officials also reported an increase in visitors from Russia.

"The increased number of visitors from abroad underlines the importance of the export industry for our exhibitors," said Katharina C. Hamma, CEO of the Koelnmesse exhibit center, where the show is held. "And it proves that the market-orientated fair concept of the IMM Cologne, after 2012 and 2013, continues to impress the industry this year."

This year's show featured 1,209 exhibitors.

Dirk-Uwe Klaas, CEO of the Federal Assn. of the German Furniture Industry, said he was pleased with this year's event.

""The fair went brilliantly this year," Klaas said. "We are certain that it has generated a lot of interest in furniture purchases and that means we are extremely confident when we way that 2014 is going to be a good year in furniture."

The next show is set for Jan. 19-25, 2015. For more information, visit www.imm-cologne.com.

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