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STRONG HOLIDAY SALES SEND RETAILERS TO A MORE COMPACT NEW YORK JA SHOW While record cold hobbled parts of the U.S. in February, buyers and exhibitors at the JA International Jewelry Show Feb. 3-6 found a smaller but surprisingly warm forum in which to reorder after a mostly good holiday season. Exhibitors said traffic at the Jacob Javits Convention Center was slow except for Sunday. But they also saw more of their major clients than expected. In fact, appointments appeared to outnumber walk-ins at many booths. Attendance totaled 953 exhibitors and 10,625 buyers, according to Blenheim Group USA Inc., which owns the show. That compares with 1,300 exhibitors and 13,986 buyers at last year's winter show. Reasons for the lower attendance included the bad weather and more winter trade show options. For example, the new JA Las Vegas! show in January drew 900 exhibitors and 3,485 buyers, a
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