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April 2019

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APRIL 2019 RETAILOBSERVER.COM 35 A t the close of the imm Cologne and Living-Kitchen fairs January 20, 2019, approximately 150,000 visitors (includ- ing estimates for the final day) had made their way to Cologne to draw inspiration from the interior design worlds and kitchen showcases on display. With 52% of trade visitors coming from 145 counties, the co-located events achieved a greater global reach than ever before. The growth in overseas trade visitors was especially strong. But the trade fair duo also attracted greater numbers of visitors from other European nations. "These results underscore once again that Cologne is the place to be for the global world of interior design. The past seven days have shown clearly that it is here in Cologne that the industry sets the direction for the coming year," said Gerald Böse, president and chief executive officer of Koelnmesse. Echoing his comments, Jan Kurth, Chief Executive of Verband der Deutschen Möbelindustrie (the Association of the German Furniture Industry), said, "After a challenging 2018, this edition of imm Cologne was an outstanding event and a successful trade fair that we as the industry are very pleased with." Speaking on behalf of specialist retailers, Thomas Grothkopp, managing Director of Handelsverband Wohnen und Büro (the German Retail Association for Home and Office Furniture), said: "imm cologne and LivingKitchen were once again a hotspot for inspiration and business contacts for specialist retailers. They created an appetite for interior design and made for a dynamic start to 2019." imm Cologne/ LivingKitchen Achieving Greater International Reach Than Ever Before with 150,000 Visitors From 145 Countries

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