The January 2014 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market is the single-largest home and gift trade event in the United States with attendees registered from every U.S. state and more than 90 countries. When the Market's closing bell sounded at 6 p.m. on January 14, 2014, the show had posted key gains, with national and international attendance and first-to-market buyer totals leading a litany of advances. Growth recorded in all national regions beyond the show's principal Southeast base-including the Northeast, Midwest and Far West-plus international delivered global buying power to exhibitors across all product categories. The Market's first-time buyer total-a measure of new buyers having not attended any previous Atlanta market-saw high double-digit increases. Attendee average length of stay increased to 4.2 days, the highest recorded since 2006. Meanwhile, reports from exhibitors throughout the Market confirmed strong sales-more orders and larger orders--from new and returning accounts. Powering momentum throughout the Market was the new AmericasMart Mobile App, which made its debut to rave reviews and, according to iTunes, was among the 10 most popular apps in all business-to-business categories.
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