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NY Toy Fair and Nuremberg both report numbers up

Published: February 24, 2010
Thoughts that the worldwide economy might be improving are bolstered by slight increases in attendance at the world’s two biggest toy shows.

Organizers of the Spielwarenmesse International Toy Fair Feb. 4-9 in Nuremberg, Germany reported total trade attendance of 76,600, about 1,200 more visitors than in 2009. Exhibitors numbered 2,625.

The American International Toy Fair Feb. 14-17 in New York run by the Toy Industry Association reported more than 10,600 buyers attended the show, an increase of 3% over last year. The number of retail outlets represented at the show also increased 2% from 2009 to 5,774. Total attendance, including buyers, retailers, trade guests, media and exhibitors rose 4% to 25,030.

Dates for the shows in 2011: Nuremberg, Feb. 3-8; New York, Feb. 13-16.