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By Furniture News Dec 25, 2015

Espritmeuble organiser positive despite drop in footfall

This year's edition of Espritmeuble, which took place at Parc de Porte de Versailles, Paris earlier this month, reported an attendance of 8742 – a slightly lower footfall than in 2014 (-6%), attributable, according to the show's organiser, to "the general climate of December 2015", and a limited reduction "in relation to the defections observed by the organisers of professional trade fairs, which are estimated to be between five and 15%". 11% were internationals.

However, the organiser points towards an increasingly qualified visitor base for this fourth edition – 65% were managers, versus 47% in 2014.

The exhibitor offer was much larger than in 2014, with 300 brands present – an increase of 50%, including brands such as Stressless, Calligaris and himolla.

For 2016, the organiser aims to enrich the furniture category – in particular contemporary furniture – and renew the service aisles, particularly the decoration aisle.

Espritmeuble originated from an association of some of the major players in the French furniture industry: Gaétan Ménard, MD of Ernest Ménard; Gilles Silberman, vice-chairman of the Cauval Group; and Alain Liault, chairman of Meubles Celio. The show has quickly become France's principal furniture exhibition platform, presenting a strong complement of high-quality product within an eminently visitor-friendly environment. Look out for a review of this year's edition in an upcoming issue of Furniture News.

Espritmeuble will next  take place from 3rd to 6th December 2016.

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