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Maison down on international buyers

The January edition of Maison & Objet Paris saw an increase in French visitors but nearly double-digit drop in overseas buyers

The latest edition of Maison & Objet Paris saw an increase in French visitors, but a nearly double-digit drop in international buyers that would have been greater if not for increases from some neighboring European countries.

Organisers of the five-day event, which took place from January 22-26 said that domestic attendance was up 4 per cent. Of the 76,417 unique visitors, 52 per cent were from France and the remainder was from 143 different countries.

International attendance was down 8 per cent, led by declines from countries such as Japan, which sent 26 per cent fewer buyers to the show. Officials said they were not surprised by such declines, which took place about two months after the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.

Attendance from other European countries such as Belgium and the Netherlands was up 14 per cent and 4 per cent, respectively, while Spain had a 1 per cent increase.

The show featured products from 2,978 exhibitors from 59 countries, with some 700 new companies debuting.

The next Maison & Objet show is scheduled from September 2-6.

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