CHICAGO - The International Housewares Show posted a 3 percent increase in the number of buyers who registered for the show, according to the National Housewares Manufac-turers Association of Rose-mont, Ill. The show was held Jan. 14-17 at Chicago's McCormick Place. The NHMA released registration numbers Feb. 23.
The figures reflect show registration - not the exact number of people who walked through the doors, something NHMA does not divulge, said Deborah Teschke, manager of media relations and communications. Total registration was 58,197. That includes exhibitor personnel, domestic buyers, international attendees, man-facturers representatives, trade guests and the media.
Total buyer registration in-creased 3 percent to 16,588, from 16,054 in 1995. The number of U.S. buyers registering grew by 4 percent, to 11,888.
The number of international visitors increased slightly, even though the U.S. government shutdown in December prevented many of them from obtaining visas.
The 1997 show is scheduled for Jan. 12-15 in Chicago.