NONFOOD SHOW'S FUTURE CLOUDY AS TRAFFIC DROPS

ST. LOUIS -- Change may be in store for the Food Marketing Institute's General Merchandise/ Health and Beauty Care Conference, following a decline in attendance at this year's edition, Sept. 25 to 27.Total show attendance, including retailers, exhibitors and suppliers, was 1,960, according to early figures from FMI. Last year's show drew 2,814. FMI attributed the drop in attendance to its efforts

ST. LOUIS -- Change may be in store for the Food Marketing Institute's General Merchandise/ Health and Beauty Care Conference, following a decline in attendance at this year's edition, Sept. 25 to 27.

Total show attendance, including retailers, exhibitors and suppliers, was 1,960, according to early figures from FMI. Last year's show drew 2,814. FMI attributed the drop in attendance to its efforts to scale back the show's size by limiting the number of exhibitors, which fell from 365

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