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by Michael C. Lowe | April 10, 2013

 The Center for Exhibition Industry Research released its CEIR Index Report, an Analysis of the 2012 Exhibition Industry and Future Outlook today at the SISO CEO Summit. All four metrics measured by the Index showed positive growth in 2012: Net square footage grew by 1.2 percent, the number of exhibitors increased by 0.5 percent, the number of attendees was up by 2.5 percent and revenues increased by 1.6 percent. Although the overall industry showed positive growth of 1.5 percent, it fell short of forecasts, which proved too optimistic. Growth for this year is not expected to be substantial, though analysts expect significant pick-up in 2014 and 2015 with accelerated growth over the long term.