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Retail sales at Heathrow Airport rise 8.8%

RBR Staff Writer Published 08 March 2012

Retail sales at Heathrow Airport in the UK grew 8.8% to £1.7bn in 2011, compared to £1.5bn in the previous year, due to the increase in the number of shoppers from the BRIC nations. Duty free sales rose 12.7% in 2011.

New Miu Miu concession and pop-up stores for brands such as Chanel Watches, Jack Wills, Laduree and Ray-Ban helped bring in more discerning shoppers, the airport said.

Heathrow retail concessions director Muriel Zingraff told Mirror that the shopping for luxury goods in the UK is an attractive proposition for foreign visitors.

"We now have passengers who are choosing to fly through Heathrow specifically to pick up items sold here.

"We have continued to witness a significant increase in demand for luxury goods from Chinese passengers as well as the Middle East with British brands such as Mulberry, Burberry and Smythson proving particularly popular," Zingraff said.