CES Gets Year Off With A Bang
By Steve Smith
Well, if the activity, product introductions and the attitude of attendees at the recently completed 2011 International CES are any indication, this should be a good year.
If the 140,000 attendee estimate is correct — and it should be just based on the Vegas cab lines — it would mean CES attendance would be back to levels last seen before 2008. (CEA’s audited attendance number is available in the spring.) The same rebound effect is true for manufacturer shipments to dealers, with CEA estimating that 2011 sales will be $186 billion in the U.S., which would be higher than the record-setting sales of 2008 of $182 billion.
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