Dubai Duty Free announced first quarter sales of Dhs1.75 billion (US$479.5 million) representing a 10% increase over the same period last year and signaling a positive year ahead for the airport retailer.


Sales across all three Terminals showed an upward trend, including an impressive  23% increase in Terminal 2 and an 11% increase in sales in Terminal 3.


Perfume, Liquor and Gold held on to the top three spots category-wise in the first quarter of the year. Perfume sales reached Dhs286.4 million (US$78.5 million), representing a 16% increase in sales over the first quarter in 2013.


Other categories showing robust growth include Cosmetics, up by 30% to reach Dhs141.3 million (US$38.7 million), Handbags and Small leather rose by 62% to Dhs25 million (US$6.9 million), while Gifts from Dubai rose by 9% to Dhs33 million (US$9 million), giving a good indication of the increase in tourists visiting Dubai in the first quarter.