By their own admission, the organisers of last week's CPD in Düsseldorf presented a completely "new exhibition" for the spring/summer 2001 season. Indeed, they appeared relaxed and relieved at the event's closing press conference ― a mood that was due, in part, to the slight increase in visitor numbers to nearly 50 000 (35 per cent of whom came from foreign countries) and which, in the words of the exhibitors, made for good ordering business.