Dufry, the leading duty-free retailer, has raised its profitability target for the year after exceeding expectations in the first half of 2021. The company attributes its success to the resurgence of global travel following the COVID-19 pandemic and increased business from Autogrill service stations in Italy. With a presence in over 2,300 locations including airports, cruise liners, and seaports, Dufry reported a nearly doubled turnover of 5.72 billion Swiss francs ($6.54 billion) for the first half of the year.

According to CEO Xavier Rossinyol, the integration of Autogrill has been progressing rapidly, and the company is currently working on exciting opportunities to further enhance the customer experience. The Asia-Pacific region experienced the highest growth in turnover, with a remarkable 272% increase fueled by domestic travel in China and intra-regional travel.

To cater to evolving customer preferences, Dufry has launched new sales concepts centered around the themes of “mind, body, and soul” as well as premium perfumes. Additionally, the company now offers organic and freshly prepared food and beverages to meet the growing demand for healthier options.

As a result of its strong performance, Dufry now expects its full-year adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) margin to reach approximately 8.3-8.4%, surpassing its previous guidance of 8.0%.

For more information about Dufry’s success and expansion plans, you can visit their official website: https://www.dufry.com/. Additionally, those interested in the company’s financial reports and investor information may find the following link useful: https://www.dufry.com/en/investors.