Retail Observer

March 2016

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MARCH 2016 RETAILOBSERVER.COM 51 Successful Start to the New Year for the Industry FINAL REPORT 2016 imm Cologne and LivingInteriors • 8 0 , 0 0 0 T R A D E V I S I T O R S F R O M 1 2 8 C O U N T R I E S • S I G N I F I C A N T I N C R E A S E I N V I S I T O R S F R O M E U R O P E • 1 , 1 8 5 E X H I B I T O R S F R O M 5 0 C O U N T R I E S • L I V I N G I N T E R I O R S D A Z Z L E S W I T H S M A R T H O M E F rom January 18th to the 24th of 2016 at imm Cologne and LivingInteriors, a total of 1,185 companies from 50 countries presented the trends in furniture and furnishings for the coming year. Buyers from the trade with decision-making authority made for a dynamic trade fair during the first five days. With approximately 80,000 trade visitors from 128 countries, the event recorded a slight increase (4.8 percent) in trade fair visitor numbers compared to 2014. The proportion of visitors from abroad was 46 percent (based on the trade visitor days). The development in the number of visitors from overseas was positive, while the trade fair duo recorded an especially significant increase in the number of visitors from Europe. "This outcome shows that imm cologne is unmatched as a business event for the global furniture and furnishings industry," said Gerald Böse, president and chief executive officer of Koelnmesse, summing up the event. "This is where the world comes together to do business, which offers a lot of new opportunities for export-oriented companies. At the same time, this fair duo has proved once again that business and creative inspiration are not mutually exclusive," Böse continued. "imm cologne was a wonderful furniture show and has got us off to a very successful start to the 2016 furniture year. With so many new products and ideas, innovations and great models in all price ranges, we are confident that the German furniture industry will achieve another increase in sales this year," added Dirk-Uwe Klaas, managing director of the Federal Association of the German Furniture Industry (VDM). This was confirmed by Hans Strothoff, president of the Federal Association of German Furniture, Kitchens and Furnishing Retailers (BVDM): "This year's imm cologne really stimulated a keen interest in

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