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HHLA Increases Revenue and Earnings

In the first half of 2014, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) increased its revenue by 5.2 percent to € 595.7 million and improved its operating result (EBIT) by 3.4 percent to € 81.4 million. HHLA has confirmed its forecast for the full year 2014.

“Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG has achieved a favourable performance in the first half of 2014. We have maintained our significantly expanded market position in container handling as well as the growth trend for our container transport services, with a further rise in market shares. This has enabled us to generate higher revenue and improve our earnings. Despite rising competitive pressure and continuing infrastructure restrictions, this is a highly significant development”, said Klaus-Dieter Peters, Chairman of HHLA’s E xecutive Board.

With growth of 2.1 percent in throughput at its Hamburg container terminals, HHLA has consolidated its market position among Northern Europe’s major ports. However, the drop in container throughput at the HHLA terminal in Odessa (Ukraine) as a result of the crisis there meant

that the Container segment recorded an overall increase in throughput of just 0.7 percent to 3.8 million standard containers (TEU) in the first half of 2014. Feeder traffic via the Baltic to Russia also declined for the first time since 2009. By contrast, the growth in throughput in Hamburg was due to the sharp rise of 8.0 percent in Far East traffic on existing liner services compared with the first half of 2013.

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