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Groupe Eurotunnel Q3 revenues rise despite decline in Eurostar traffic

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Baku, October 20, AZERTAC

Groupe Eurotunnel reported revenues of €320.3m (£286.13m) for the third quarter ended 30 September. The figure was up 4% from the same period last year, according to Yahoo.

The Paris-based company, which manages and operates the Channel Tunnel between Britain and France, said its "business has never been stronger" despite a 10% dip in Eurostar traffic in the same quarter. While group is a separate operation from high-speed railway service Eurostar, it earns revenues from train services using the tunnel.

The group's rail freight subsidiary Europorte and railway network division both saw a decline in revenues during this period. While the former's revenues were down 7% on-year to €63.4m, the latter's revenues were down 5% to €74.1m.

Eurotunnel attributed Europorte's revenue fall to a couple of reasons. One was the decline in the transport of cereals in the summer of 2016.

With regards to the Brexit impact and future outlook, the company said that it remained positive despite an uncertain European context. It said the group had not witnessed any slowdown in the UK since the 23 June referendum vote and that the decline in value of the sterling had no significant impact on its business in the past.

In a statement, Jacques Gounon, chairman of Groupe Eurotunnel added, "The Group is well placed for the sustained period of growth in the UK economy forecast by the IMF and the Bank of England. At the same time, the fall in the value of the pound has had a significant positive impact on the service of our debt.

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