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I Saloni 2008: Business and Culture Cross Paths ..The week devoted to the contract home furnishing system opens in Milan from 16th to 21st April. 2,450 exhibitors will be welcoming over 270,000 operators from 140 different countries to the Milan Fairgrounds .in Rho. ..The 47th edition of the Saloni is off to the Milan Fairgrounds, Rho from 16th to 21st April with the wind .in its sails, which means not just the International Furniture Exhibition, but also the biennial Eurocucina/International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition, the new SaloneUfficio/International Biennial Workspace Exhibition (formerly EIMU), going under a different name, chosen to convey an immediate understanding of what the event consists off, bringing it in line with the other exhibitions and making .it stand out better, the International Bathroom Furniture Exhibition, the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition and SaloneSatellite...A terrific business occasion, with an expected 270,000 visitors from over 140 different countries .and approximately 5,000 international journalists for an exhibition event that will take up the entire .530,000 square metres of the Fairgrounds, with 2,450 participants occupying an exhibition space .of 230,000 square metres. ..?The Saloni will decide whether there are good times ahead or bad? comments Rosario Messina, Chairman of Cosmit ? because they will help us to see whether 2007?s favourable trend is likely to be confirmed in 2008 or not. Last year the growth rate of sales in the furnishing sector (+3.9%) was not merely higher than expected, but it was spread more evenly throughout all the sectors. It is a trend that is still strongly driven by exports, which are still the most dynamic element of demand. In this regard, a very careful eye must be kept on the storm clouds gathering on the global economic horizon, such as the price hike in raw materials and the tensions on the international financial markets.The same goes for the Italian economic trend.