Detroit show reports attendance gains

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Large crowds showed up to open the 55th annual Detroit Boat Show.

“Opening day is always a hit, but having general attendance increase by 20 percent is a sure sign of a rebound,” show manager Nicki Polan said in a statement.

The show, which opened Sunday, takes place at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit and runs through Sunday.

Traffic was great, said Chuck Heil of C&C Sports in Brighton, Mich. “We had strong sales and it seems people are buying more higher-end products than in the past,” Heil said in a statement.

“We had a great day,” Curly Arbuckle, of Wilson Marine in St. Clair Shores, said in a statement. “You heard the bell ringing, which means we were selling boats. Attendees had a more upbeat attitude and are ready to spend money.”

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