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Eurostar says sales up 12%

LONDON, Jan 14, 2011 – Cross-Channel train operator Eurostar said Friday its sales rose 12 percent in 2010 to £760 million (902 million euros, $1.2 billion) as it attracted more business passengers.

The company, which operates trains through the Channel tunnel, said passenger numbers increased by three percent from 2009 to 9.5 million.

Eurostar said the improved revenue was mostly due to the increase in business passengers, although more leisure travellers also chose to travel by high-speed rail.

The company had reported a six percent increase in passenger numbers in the first half of the year, partly due to the disruption to air travel caused by the eruption of the Icelandic volcano in April.

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