ADDF turnover rises 33pc in Q1

ABU DHABI — Abu Dhabi Duty Free (ADDF) sales turnover grew by 33.26 per cent during first half of 2007 over the same period last year.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 10 Jul 2007, 9:01 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 10:18 PM

Underlining ADDF's position as the region's leading duty free operation by average spend, departing passengers increased their expenditure by 10.5 per cent with an impressive $51 per passenger recorded over the same period.

"The first half of 2007 has been an exciting time for Abu Dhabi Duty Free and we are delighted that the first-half results reflect the steady and strong start we have been realising right from the beginning of the year," said Niveen Ibrahim, general manager, Abu Dhabi Duty Free.

The airport retail categories were key to ADDF's impressive growth. Electronics saw a 51 per cent jump over 2006 figures, Beauty and Fragrance was up 44.3 per cent, Gold up 44 per cent, Leather Goods up 87.7 per cent, Cigars 57.8 per cent and Luxury Goods 34.3 per cent.

"With the two great new concepts coming on stream in the form of DOMO — the first dedicated "His-n-Her" boutique store in the region's travel retail sector — and the upcoming '48-hour Arrivals Shop' where arrivals passengers can collect their duty free allowance up to two days after their arrival, we expect to cross the $100 million mark in terms of turnover by the end of the year," added Ibrahim.

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