Abu Dhabi Duty Free sales up 17% in H1

Total revenues increase to more than $118m during the first half of 2013
By Andy Sambidge
Wed 14 Aug 2013 02:15 PM

Abu Dhabi Duty Free said on Wednesday that sales revenues increasing by over AED108m in the first six months of 2013, reaching AED437.6m ($118m).

The sales growth represented a 17.4 percent increase compared to the first six months of 2012, the retailer said in a statement.

Figures revealed that the growth in revenue was largely attributed to the growth witnessed in the spend per passenger which rose from AED53.96 in 2012 to AED55.10 in 2013.

Revenue growth for H1 exceeded the 12.6 percent growth in passenger traffic that Abu Dhabi International Airport registered in the sanme period, the statement added.

Mohammed Abdullah Al Bulooki, Abu Dhabi Airports' chief commercial officer, said: "Revenue at Abu Dhabi Duty Free continues to outgrow passenger growth clearly due to the exclusive shopping options and wide variety of special offers available year-round to passengers.

"With 70 percent of all passengers using Abu Dhabi International Airport for transfer, Abu Dhabi Airports is committed to further capturing the potential of this market by partnering with additional leading brands and retailers in order to ensure an unparalleled world-class experience."

The retail space at the airport has recently been boosted by the introduction of Emporio Armani, and the expansion of the Burberry store in Terminal 3, he added.

The Midfield Terminal Complex, soon to be the new home of Abu Dhabi Duty Free, has been designed to cater to over 30 million passengers a year and will provide a space of 28,000 square metres for shopping, dining and entertainment.

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