Is Business Good? Ask These 18,000 Enthusiastic Buyers

The 7th annual JCK Show in Las Vegas last month was the biggest yet, with 17,862 buyers crowding the aisles at the giant Sands Expo and Convention Center. That represented a stunning 25% jump over the 1997 attendance of 14,226. There was also a 30% increase in the number of retail outlets sending buyers.Exhibitors, using comments like “terrific traffic” and “best show yet,” said attendees were in a buying mood, which augurs well for a strong 1998 among retailers. Membership recruitment by organizations such as the American Gem Society also surged past expected targets.Show organizers and exhibitors alike attributed the big turnout largely to the vibrant economy, the booming stock market, and growing consumer willingness to spend on luxury items.The show is becoming increasingly international, with visitors this year from 63 countries, up from 47 in 1997. Some 120 buyers came from

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