MILAN, July 31 The world's biggest airport
retailer Autogrill on Wednesday reported a 64 percent
drop in first-half net profit, hit by a softer performance at
its food and beverages business and higher taxes.
The operator of highway restaurants and airport shops from
Canada to India said net profit for the six months ended June
fell to 4.3 million euros ($5.70 million) from 11.9 million.
The group, which is in the process of splitting its travel
retail and duty free unit from its roadside restaurant chain,
said revenues for the Food & Beverages unit fell to 1.84 billion
euros from 1.86 billion, while those for the Travel Retail &
Duty Free unit increased 3.8 percent to 922.9 million euros.
Autogrill, which is controlled by Italy's Benetton family,
gave a separate outlook for the individual units for the full
year. Food & Beverages is expected to report revenues of 4.05
billion euros and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation
and amortisation (EBITDA) of between 315-325 million euros.
The Travel Retail & Duty Free unit in turn is expected to
post 2013 revenues of 2.05 billion euros and a unit EBITDA of
between 250-260 million euros.
Shares in the group were down 1.06 percent at 11.18 euros at
1047 GMT, compared with a 0.41 percent drop in Italy's blue-chip
FTSE MIB index.
($1 = 0.7547 euros)
(Reporting by Agnieszka Flak; editing by Francesca Landini)