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Passengers and profits up at Eurostar

A Paris bound Eurostar train at St Pancras - stopping at Ashford in Kent Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Carrying an increased number of American, Brazilian and Australian travellers, Eurostar saw its operating profit rise from £25.0 million in 2011 to £52.3 million in 2012.

In total, the company carried 9.9 million passengers last year compared with 9.7 million in 2011.

Passenger numbers were strong after the Olympics, with traffic up 5% in the last three months of last year compared with the October-December 2011 period.

While business passenger number remained flat last year, the leisure travel market rose 3%. Non-EU passenger numbers grew 8% in 2012.

Eurostar chief executive Nicolas Petrovic said: "Despite the challenging economic climate, we delivered a strong performance in 2012.

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Eurostar passenger services suspended

The French authorities have shut the A16 leading to the port of Calais and Eurotunnel. This will cause major delays to freight. Eurostar has suspended passenger services between Britain and France because of the weather. Lines in France are blocked by snow.

The company is advising passengers with tickets for today not to go to Ashford International or St Pancras, they say refunds will be paid.

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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