The retail industry’s biggest gathering is staying in New York after all.

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The National Retail Federation’s annual convention and expo, called Retail’s Big Show, was set to relocate from the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., in 2011, but the decision has been reversed.

“That plan has been scrapped. The Javits center made an offer that was too compelling,” said Scott Krugman, NRF’s vice president of industry public relations. “They’re making a lot of improvements to the facility and added amenities that made it more attractive to us and enables us to grow. Our preference was to always keep the convention in New York.”

Other sources said the Javits center presented a more affordable deal to the NRF than previously offered and that the NRF was concerned that Washington would not be as big of a draw as New York. The convention typically attracts 18,000 registrants.

The 2011 convention will mark the centenary of the event.

In 2010, the convention runs from Jan. 10 to 13 at the Javits center.

The convention has long been very technology-oriented, but in the last few years, it has been moving in more directions and created larger pavilions themed around sustainability, store design and other subjects of concern to retailers.

The NRF is based in Washington, where costs of staging a trade show, involving such things as labor unions, generally are cheaper than in New York.

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