Las Vegas 2003 Good News At Last

After several years of economic stagnation and moribund sales, pent-up demand had already begun to let loose during the winter 2003 shows, and by the time The JCK Show ~ Las Vegas opened May 30, jewelers—many of whom had canceled buying trips abroad this winter—were hungry for new merchandise. Business in all sectors at the show was solid for most exhibitors, and the general mood at the show was optimistic. Buyer attendance was approximately 19,750, said show vice president Dave Bonaparte, about the same as last year's. Some exhibitors said traffic seemed slightly less, but everyone agreed that buying was solid. Most retail jewelers JCK spoke to at the show—and at the preceding Luxury by JCK and Couture Collection & Conference shows—reported a slow spring in the weeks leading up to and during the war with Iraq, followed by a strong rebound in May, fueling optimism for fall sa

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