The shows, which ran concurrently from 12-14 May, welcomed a total of 13,893 visitors to Excel London over the three days.
Yet despite the drop, marketing manager Will Broadfoot said the shows still attracted the second highest visitor audience in their 29-year history.
The number of repeat visitors also increased with 5,562 people - 3% more than last year - passing through the doors on more than one occasion.
"Despite the best efforts of the UK recession, global economic collapse and the threat of swine flu, we've seen excellent results," said event director James Murray.
"Distil, which welcomed 6,190 visitors over the three days, has strengthened its position as the dedicated spirits event to the trade and exhibitors throughout both events have been really positive about the future."
The dates for next year's outing, which will mark the event's 30th anniversary, have already been set for 18-20 May at Excel London.
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