The number of news is on top, while visitor numbers are lower this year than the previous two.
"We have no complaints, but look out in the hallways," said Peter Ringsted from Seeland (Denmark) Sunday afternoon in Hall 4 in the large conventionhub just outside Nuremberg. Inside the booth was busy and sales are in the sellers' discrete formulations passed satisfactorily. But the fair guests never got to stand shoulder to shoulder. A part of the usual customers have chosen to stay home to care for the business and to keep a little back on spending. A trend which is confirmed by all the exhibitors that we have talked to. But the buyers and distributors who have made the trip to Nuremberg, has come to put money into circulation. And so they did in a degree, which presumably will be markedly better than last year's bottom banger and previous year's decline marked disappointments.
Therefore, there is general joy and optimism in the majority of exhibitor’s numbers, although we also have experienced empty stands and disillusioned sellers with equally empty eyes.
There is news to trace virtually in all directions. Among the most important real news - improvements - is the new stock from Blaser, the redesigned binoculars from Zeiss, the cheaper and LotuTec-coated Cunquest binoculars also from Zeiss, the new Browning B725, the new scopes from Leupold, and the new riflescopes from Swarovski - among much else. As we return to one of these days ....