by Loren Edelstein | November 25, 2009

The exhibition industry experienced an overall decline of 13.5 percent in the third quarter of 2009 vs. the same quarter in 2008, according to preliminary data collected for The CEIR Index by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research. The results also show a 2.6 percent decrease in performance compared with the second quarter of 2009 and represent the sixth consecutive quarter of negative numbers. While declines were found in all four metrics of measurement analyzed, attendance continued to fare relatively well, with only a 2.5 percent year-over-year drop in reported figures. Other metrics reported were net square feet (-16.2 percent), revenue (-22 percent) and number of exhibiting companies (-13.4 percent).