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Eurostar sales revenues down five percent

The Olympics, Paralympics and a fluctuating pound/euro exchange rate hit sales revenues in quarter three but Eurostar remain positive. For the year to date, passenger numbers were up from 7.3 million to 7.4 million with sales revenues down 1% to £612 million this year from £619 million in 2011.

"We have had an inspiring and rewarding summer bringing athletes and spectators from around the world to the Olympic Games. Whilst many corporate clients and business customers decided to steer clear of London during the Games, we nonetheless delivered a solid performance. Looking ahead to the end of the year, the outlook is strong. Bookings have bounced back and we are now seeing a return to more typical travel patterns."

– Nicolas Petrovic, chief executive of Eurostar

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Paralympic service for Eurostar

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Eurostar trains in Kent are to be converted to take Paralympic teams from France and Belgium.

Two trains will be modified so they can take extra wheelchair spaces. Blind football, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball teams will be taken to London on a specially chartered service on August 25.

Nicolas Petrovic, Chief Exec of Eurostar, said: "It was an honour for us to announce bringing Belgian Paralympians to London this summer and now to be able to carry the French team as well is incredibly exciting.

“The London 2012 Paralympic Games are set to be the most successful and inspiring to date. This represents a once in a lifetime opportunity for sports fans from across Europe to share in the excitement."

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