Here's a positive economic indicator for the auto industry: Scheduled attendance for the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Las Vegas in February is on track to surpass 20,000 for the first time since 2008.
Back then, 23,901 people showed up for the big do in San Francisco.
Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne will speak. And NADA's vice president of conventions and expositions, Stephen Pitt, says dealers are showing interest in educational sessions on legislative regulations and anything to do with social media.
For the first time, NADA's affiliate, the American Truck Dealers, will hold its annual convention at the same time and place. But that fact isn't bloating the early-registration figures, since attendance for the truck event is counted separately.