Summer sales up 10 per cent on the Eurostar

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EUROSTAR has said the British economy is picking up speed, taking sales of its cross-Channel train tickets with it in the third quarter of 2013.

The firm said yesterday that sales rose 10 per cent on last year to £207m, as 2.7m passengers took trips between the UK and the continent, up five per cent.

Nicholas Petrovic, chief executive, said the results were strong even when the effects of last year’s Olympics are excluded, with both leisure and business travel increasing.

“As a bell-weather for the health of the wider UK economy, the growing strength of the corporate travel market gives us confidence in the business outlook to the year end.”

Eurostar, which has launched a bid with Keolis to run the East Coast Main Line, said it sold 13 per cent more tickets to travellers originating from outside of its station cities.