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Retailís BIG Show Named Among Top 40 Fastest-Growing Trade Shows by Trade Show News Network

For Immediate Release
Kathy Grannis (202)783-7971 or grannisk@nrf.com

Retail’s BIG Show Named Among Top 40 Fastest-Growing Trade Shows by Trade Show News Network

Washington, November 4, 2011 – The National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention has been recognized as one of the Top 40 Fastest-Growing Trade Shows by Trade Show News Network. NRF Senior Vice President of Conferences Susan Newman will accept the award Saturday, November 5 in Washington D.C. at the 2nd Annual TSNN Event Excellence Awards.

“This accomplishment is a testament to the tremendous support of our members and partners, as well as the dedicated staff at NRF who continue to raise the bar every year for our events,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “We are honored by this recognition and look forward to growing retail’s biggest event even more in years to come.”

The prestigious award recognizes the BIG Show’s cumulative attendance growth between 2008 and 2010. NRF’s 2010 Annual Convention broke all previous attendance records, drawing 21,000 retailers, vendors and media from across the world – growing substantially from the nearly 17,000 attendees the event saw in 2009.

NRF’s Annual Convention and EXPO serves as the world's leading retail event, bringing 22,000 retail executives and vendors from more than 65 countries together for educational and networking opportunities. NRF’s EXPO floor, open on Monday and Tuesday of the Convention, hosts more than 400 exhibiting companies and features special sessions produced by NRF covering a wide range of topics such as sustainability, visual merchandising and the global economy. NRF's Convention has been ranked as one of the Top 200 events in North America.

As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, NRF represents retailers of all types and sizes, including chain restaurants and industry partners, from the United States and more than 45 countries abroad. Retailers operate more than 3.6 million U.S. establishments that support one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s Retail Means Jobs campaign emphasizes the economic importance of retail and encourages policymakers to support a Jobs, Innovation and Consumer Value Agenda aimed at boosting economic growth and job creation. www.nrf.com