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Dubai Duty Free tops global rankings

Author: BI-ME staff
Source: BI-ME
Published: Sun August 2, 2009 11:14 am Print
UAE. Dubai Duty Free ranks as the biggest single airport retail operation in the world according to industry experts Generation Research, the publishers of Best & Most and other Travel Retail reports.
Dubai Dubai Free has recorded sales of US$1.1 billion in 2008, placing it ahead of London Heathrow and Seoul Incheon International Airport which both exceeded the US$1 billion sales mark.
The global duty free and travel retail indutry recorded sales of US$37 billion in 2008, an increase of 8.8% over the previous year, of which airport duty free sales accounted for US$21.8 billion, Swedenbased Generation said.
With sales of US$1.1 billion in 2008, Dubai Duty Free accounted for 5% of the airport duty free business and 3% of the wider duty free and travel retail global business.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Dubai Airports, said: “For the past several years Dubai Duty Free has been listed amongst the top three airport retailers in the world in terms of sales. Therefore it is a great achievement to be placed at the top.”
Dubai International Airport last month announced double-digit growth year-on-year in passenger trafficfor the month of June.
Passenger traffic at the airport jumped 10.3% to 3.36 million in June at the three terminals handled by the company.
Colm McLoughlin, managing director of Dubai Duty Free said: “We are obviously delighted to achieve the number one spot based on our sales of $1.1bn.”
The retail operation now covers 15,000 square metres and has 3,500 members of staff.

8/3/2009 Business Intelligence Middle East

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