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Dubai Duty Free sees 16% rise in H1 sales

Turnover reaches $607m in first half of 2010 with perfume sales topping the figures with $84m.

Dubai Duty Free sees 16% rise in H1 sales
DUTY FREE: Dubai Duty Free sales rose by 16 percent in the first half of 2010, compared to the same period last year.

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.

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