PARIS — The impact of a possible war didn’t seem to affect overall visitor attendance, according to SIL show organizers, who said total attendance was ahead 8.7 percent to 22,365 visitors compared with a year ago.

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International attendance was up 6.8 percent against a year ago, totaling 11,408 visitors. Attendance from French visitors grew 10.7 percent to 10,957.

The top five visiting countries were:

Italy with a 19.1 increase totaling 1,799 visitors.

Spain with an 8.7 percent gain to 820.

The U.K., which posted an 8.2 percent increase to 772.

Germany, which was up 8 percent to 752.

Belgium with a 5.9 percent gain to 554.

The U.S. grew 5.6 percent to 527.

Jehan Quettier, general director of show producer Eurovet, acknowledged the timing of the show in conjunction with the prospect of a war created a “challenge,” but said the number of international brands exhibited increased 13 percent to 518 labels, 109 of which were labels shown for the first time at the fair.