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Train operator EuroStar posted record sales in the first six months of 2006, as people flocked to the locations used in The Da Vinci Code and headed off to Germany to follow England’s progress in the World Cup.

Sales of £259.9m were up 6% on 2005 and customer numbers improved by 11%, figures that prompted comment from some industry observers as to why the company could not have delivered such positive results before.

“It’s odd to say the least that it’s taken a mediocre film and a useless football tournament from England’s point of view to effect such an improvement,” said transport analyst Peter Coles.

“The company’s punctuality rate is now reported at 91%, so maybe that has had a beneficial effect as well. Shareholders will be looking for this sort of performance to be improved in the coming years.”


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