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NRF Annual Convention, Shop.org Annual Summit Make Prestigious Fastest 50 List for Second Year in a Row

For Immediate Release
Kathy Grannis (202)783-7971

NRF Annual Convention, Shop.org Annual Summit Make
Prestigious Fastest 50 List for Second Year in a Row

Washington, August 4, 2009 - Shop.org’s Annual Summit and NRF’s Annual Convention have been named two of the fastest-growing tradeshows by Tradeshow Week Magazine. This is the second year in a row NRF and Shop.org have landed on the prestigious list. The TSW Fastest 50 honors the 50 fastest-growing shows in North America based on total net square footage growth and percentage of growth between 2006 and 2008.

“NRF and Shop.org are thrilled to have landed a spot on this coveted list for the second year in a row,” said Susan Newman, NRF Vice President of Conferences. “This accomplishment illustrates the commitment by our associate and retail members, who continue to support NRF and Shop.org by attending our events throughout the year.”

Shop.org’s 2008 Annual Summit featured 160 exhibiting companies with 23,000 net square feet, growing from 12,136 net square feet in 2006. NRF’s 2008 Annual Convention & EXPO grew from 131,600 square feet in 2006 to 167,800 square feet in 2008 and featured over 585 exhibiting companies on the EXPO floor. NRF’s 2008 Annual Convention also landed on the Tradeshow Week 200 list, which ranks conventions and events throughout the United States and Canada by total net square feet of paid exhibit space.

Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation, is the world's leading membership community for digital retail. Founded in 1996, Shop.org's 700 members include the 10 largest retailers in the U.S. and more than 60 percent of the Internet Retailer Top 100 E-Retailers. It's where the best retail minds come together to gain the insight, knowledge and intelligence to make smarter, more informed decisions in the evolving world of the Internet and multichannel retailing. Shop.org programs and activities include benchmarking research, events and networking communities.

The National Retail Federation is the world's largest retail trade association, with membership that comprises all retail formats and channels of distribution including department, specialty, discount, catalog, Internet, independent stores, chain restaurants, drug stores and grocery stores as well as the industry's key trading partners of retail goods and services. NRF represents an industry with more than 1.6 million U.S. retail establishments, more than 24 million employees - about one in five American workers - and 2008 sales of $4.6 trillion. As the industry umbrella group, NRF also represents more than 100 state, national and international retail associations. www.nrf.com.