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CES Reports 300 New Exhibitors

 Arlington, VA — Three hundred new first-time exhibitors are among the more than 2,700 exhibiting companies across a wide range of categories, including gaming, in-vehicle electronics, information technology, content and broadband service providers, unveiling new technology products at the 2009 International CES. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the 2009 International CES returns to Las Vegas, January 8-11, 2009.

The product categories of gaming, digital imaging, entertainment content and location based services (LBS) are growth leaders for the holiday sales season and on the 2009 CES showfloor. New exhibitors in 2009 include such marquee companies as Blockbuster, Chumby, Electronic Arts, Eye-Fi, Huawei, Hyundai/Kia, Mattel, ooma, Phoenix Technology, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Verizon Wireless.

CEA projects 5.6 percent growth for the gaming category this holiday season, 6.9 percent growth for digital imaging and 30 percent growth in holiday sales for GPS/LBS products, with an increased showing from exhibitors in these categories at the 2009 International CES.

Overall, the 2009 CES will feature 2,700 exhibitors from 30 product categories across 1.7 million net square feet of space.

“The 2009 International CES momentum is strong,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “In this challenging economy, our industry knows that CES is more important than ever to grow business. With each CES attendee holding an average of 12 meetings at our tradeshow, there is no better strategy for generating leads and jumpstarting new business than attending the 2009 International CES. In tough economic times, tradeshows make the most business sense and CES is the must-attend event of the year for our industry.”