By Andy Sambidge
Turnover reaches $607m in first half of 2010 with perfume sales topping the figures with $84m.
Dubai Duty Free has announced a 16 percent increase in sales with turnover reaching $607m for the first six months of the year.
Perfumes, which accounted for 14 percent of total sales, remained the number one purchase for customers with sales of $84m, 18 percent increase over the same period last year.
Gold sales showed an increase of 11 percent to $65m while sales of confectionery were up by 16 percent to $49m, the company said in a statement.
Electronics also saw a uplift in sales in the first half of 2010, rising by 7 percent to $44m, accounting for 6 percent of total revenue.
Commenting on the first half sales figures, Colm McLoughlin, managing director of Dubai Duty Free said: “We were pleased that 2010 began well for Dubai Duty Free as we have seen an increase in consumer spending across all categories, with average spend per departing passenger at $47.”
The company said that departure sales had increased by 18 percent compared to the same period in 2009 while arrivals and public shops rose by four and nine percent respectively.