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CPD organiser denies show's future at risk

Mainstream womenswear show CPD reported a 2% rise in visitor numbers for this February’s show compared with the February 2009 event as its organiser Igedo denied the show is at risk of being cancelled next season.

The mainstream womenswear and accessories trade show, which took place in Düsseldorf from February 7 to 9, saw a total of 20,000 trade visitors and 519 exhibitors.

At last February’s event there were 19,600 visitors and at the spring 10 show held in July 2009 there were 18,700 visitors.

Philipp Kronen, managing director of organiser Igedo said: “Over the past few months we have been able to win over many new collections for CPD and have invested a great deal of energy and resources in strengthening our visitor marketing. This effort seems to have paid off.”

Kronen denied rumours that CPD was on the verge of being axed next season. He added: “The rumours as to the future of CPD triggered a huge wave of solidarity amongst exhibitors, which shows that CPD is and will be a fixture in Düsseldorf. It is beyond debate that the coming event is already generating great demand.”

Visitor Hajo Greve of German fashion store Greve Moden said: “At present, efficiency and effectiveness are key to both research and orders. With its contemporary presentation, compact information and committed staff CPD meets these demands. We would like to see considerably more exhibitors at this fair.”

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