FUEL prices may be rising. Labor costs may be rising. But the spirits of big event rental companies are rising right along with them as our 30 top companies expect a vibrant business year. Even when sales boosts from acquisitions are excluded, our top party rental players predict a 12 percent hike in revenue this year, compared with the 9 percent increase they forecast for last year. They also tell us that “gold” is back and “upscale” is in. For more, just turn the page ….

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