The United Kingdom’s trade show organizers remain upbeat, but are giving mixed reports about the success of their shows in the face of a gloomy economic climate.

“There is no doubt that the retail market is very cautious, which was reflected in the last show,” said Carole Hunter, director of Londonedge Ltd., which produces street- and urbanwear shows Londonedge, Londoncentral and London Front Cover. While Hunter would not divulge attendance figures, she did report no change in the number of exhibitors at Londoncentral and London Front Cover, and a rise in the number of exhibitors at Londonedge. The shows will be held simultaneously this season from Sept. 5-7, at West London’s Olympia 2 exhibition center and the Commonwealth Institute.

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