Hot Weather Leads to Lukewarm JA Show

The 2006 Jewelers of America summer show, held during one of New York City's hottest-ever Julys, had little gain in attendance, but there were some reports of good business from vendors and buyers. The show took place July 30–Aug. 3 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. There were about 1,750 exhibitors, and at 13,900, attendance was “about equal to 2005's summer show,” said Drew Lawsky, JA New York Show director. Most attendees were from the Northeast. The show's first day was crowded, but midway into its third, many aisles were near empty. Even so, some had steady business, though others thought foot traffic overall was less than usual for a JA summer show. A few suggested the four-day show is too long, but many blamed heat—both outside, where the heat index rose to a scorching 115, and inside, where it seemed warmer than usual—for discouraging buyers from coming into

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