Thomson-owner Tui Travel sees 'strong' summer

Thomson holiday brochures Thomson is one of Tui Travel's main brands

Tui Travel, which owns Thomson and First Choice, has said trading over the summer high season was strong and it remains on track to meet its full-year expectations.

Tui said its summer programme was almost fully sold, with load factors ahead of last year.

It said summer holiday sales were up 6% in Northern Europe, up 5% in Central Europe and up 2% in Western Europe.

Trading for the 2012-13 winter season had seen an "encouraging" start.

Winter sales were up 32% year-on-year, although Western Europe saw a 14% decline, with sales at French tour operators dropping 24%.

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