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Shooting Industry April 2010 - Page 28

2010 By Shari Shari LeGate LeGate By Highly Charged Enthusiasm And Brisk Business Highlight Mega Show! I n January, SHOT Show 2010 was the central point of a highly positive shooting sports industry, with exhibitors showcasing new products, announcing promotions, analyzing trends and conducting a lot of business with a record number of buyers who descended upon Las Vegas in mid-January. NSSF’s 32nd annual SHOT Show was held at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, a new venue that presented challenges for many exhibitors and attendees. (See “Terrific Business, Challenging Venue.”) Despite the problems, exhibitors reported business was brisk, with dealers enthusiastic about the 2010 business year. The show occupied 700,000 square feet of the convention center’s halls and the Venetian Hotel’s meeting rooms. This year’s 58,444 attendees included a recordsetting 31,280 buyers, who met, networked with and purchased from 1,633 exhibiting companies — 125 of them international. Despite a down economy, the tone at the show was buoyant and optimistic. “With sales and revenues in much of our industry at a decade-long high, despite the worst recession in a generation, we have thrived,” said Steve Sanetti, NSSF president. “I have to say that the state of the industry in 2010 is about as strong as I’ve seen it.” On The Show Floor Concerns about the buying mood of atRuss Thurman SI DIGITAL Hot Link Readers of SI Digital, click here to view the State of the Industry presentation at SHOT Show 2010. Firearm dealers coverage on manufacturers’ booths at the 2010 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Dealers made up the largest portion of the record28 APRIL 2010 setting 31,280 buyers who attended the mega trade show. Read SI DIGITAL

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