The 43rd Pet Industry Christmas Trade Show and Educational Conference , held in October in Rosemont, Illinois, USA, drew more than 8,800 registered buyers from almost 2,600 companies.
There were 728 exhibitors occupying 1,187 booths, including 144 first-time exhibitors.
"We noticed buying was up significantly from the last couple of shows," said trade show director Colette Fairchild. "Exhibitors reported steady sales throughout the weekend. Our industry seems to have weathered the recession better than many others."