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Dubai Duty Free announces record sales in 2014

Dubai Duty Free has announced record sales of $1.9 billion (AED6.99 billion) at its stores for 2014, representing a 7.36% surge compared to 2013.

This included 26,995,367 sales transactions in 2014, which is an average of 73,960 per day across both Dubai International and Al Maktoum International, Dubai World Central.

Fragrances saw sales of $314 million, which now contributes 17% of Dubai Duty Free’s total sales, and is still the best-selling category.

Liquor and gold followed, with sales of $286 million and $163.6 million respectively, while tobacco was fourth with sales of $160 million and confectionery fifth with $147.7 million. 

Cosmetics also rose by 19% to $146.5 million, while watches sales increased by 9% to $137 million.

Sales in Dubai Duty Free Departures (88% of total sales) surged by 6%, while Arrivals sales showed a 9% increase compared to last year.

Terminal 2 recorded a 10% increase in sales, while Terminal 3, which currently accounts for 63% of total sales, rose by 7% over last year.

In 2015, Dubai Duty Free says it will continue to enhance its retail operation with the ongoing refurbishment of Concourse C and the opening of a 7,000sqm retail space in Concourse D.

Dubai Duty Free executive vice chairman, Colm McLoughlin, says: “We are thrilled to announce such a positive year during which the operation went from strength to strength.

"I thank H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Dubai Duty Free for his ongoing support and I join His Highness in thanking our great team of staff, our suppliers and of course our customers, who are fundamental to our continued growth.”

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