After compiling the final show numbers, leaders from APPA and Pet Industry Distributors Association announced that Global Pet Expo 2009 exceeded expectations in nearly every aspect with thousands of new pet products introduced, more buyers attending the show than last year and a record number of retailers from around the rest of the world.
The expo hosted 779 exhibiting companies and 2,306 booths; total attendance was up this year by 2%. That totals more than 4,100 buyers - a positive indicator that despite the economic downturn, this industry continues to stand strong.
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