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Norwegian Alcohol Maker Arcus Gets Big Earnings Boost From Lockdown

Norwegian alcohol producer and wholesaler Arcus posted a sharp rise in its second-quarter profit as COVID-19 travel restrictions prevented many consumers from buying cheaper wine and liquor abroad.

Arcus's April-June revenue rose 10% year-on-year to NOK767 million (€72.6 million), while adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose 44% to NOK119 million (€11.26 million), the company said.

Impact Of Coronavirus

Seeking to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, Norway, Finland and other countries where Arcus does business have discouraged foreign travel, thus limiting the access to alcohol from duty-free stores and other low-cost sources.

'While we currently still experience positive effects, it is impossible to forecast how long they will continue,' Arcus said in its earnings report.

Arcus in March temporarily postponed a decision on whether to pay dividends, but quickly reinstated the planned payout.

News by Reuters, edited by ESM. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: European Supermarket Magazine.

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