Last week's Bread & Butter Barcelona saw visitor numbers jump by 20% against the January show in 2007.
The show, which took place from January 16-18, attracted more than 99,500 visitors who came to stake out 945 new exhibitors as well as to catch up with existing suppliers and hunt for inspiration to take back to their stores.
Strong attendance surprised UK exhibitors who expected visitors to fall back given the difficult trading conditions in recent months.
Visitor growth was also up against the busy summer season. Numbers increased by 9% against the spring 08 show which took place last July.