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Commercial-vehicle show cancelled

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The credit crunch has forced the cancellation of a commercial-vehicle show due to be attended by nearly 300 exhibitors at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre in April.

Commercial Vehicle Show committee chairman Nigel Emms said it was the only thing the organisers could do in view of the uncertainty created by the looming recession and uncertain outlook.

Paul Everitt, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said: "2009 will be an extremely challenging year across the motor industry but this decision, while difficult, creates the opportunity to ensure the 2010 event best reflects the changing needs of the road transport industry."

Over the past 10 years the Commercial Vehicle Show has grown into Britain's largest and most successful transport, distribution and logistics event.

Last year's show was the largest ever held in the UK and attracted an audience of more than 28,000 business visitors from the sector.

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