Opening of the first railway station bookstore in Paris, Gare de Lyon.
Establishment of press distribution activities in Belgium (AMP) and in Spain (SGEL).
Foundation of LMPI (Canada).
Acquisition of Curtis Circulation Company (USA).
Acquisition of Payot Naville Distribution (Switzerland).
Acquisition of Eastern Lobby Shop (USA).
Acquisition of UCS (Canada) to become HDS Retail North America.
Acquisition of Lapker in Hungary after privatization.
Development of retail operations in Germany, Poland and Czech Republic.
International launch of Relay, the leading international brand in Travel Retail.
Acquisition of DFA/Saresco and creation of Aelia by merger with Aeroboutique.
Acquisition of NewsLink (Australia and Singapore).
Creation of SDA, a partnership between Aelia and Aéroports de Paris.
Launch of Aelia Duty Free operations in the UK (Belfast - Luton).
Creation of HDS Inmedio (Romania).
Acquisition of WH Smith Travel Businesses in Singapore.
Acquisition of WH Smith Travel Businesses in Hong Kong and Australia.
Creation of HDS Digital, the first digital press kiosk targeting the Internet generation.
Opening of the first Relay stores in Taiwan and in mainland China.
Launch of Aelia Duty Free operations in Poland (Cracow opened and Warsaw).
Creation of Lagardère Services Bulgaria.
Acquisition by HDS RNA of a majority interest in DELSTAR companies, Inc. (Pueblo Spirit, Arizona Highways, the Phoenix, etc.).
Acquisition by Lagardère Services Asia Pacific of a majority interest in The Purely Group, operator of the “Purely Merino” and “Purely Australian” chain stores.
Creation of Aelia Czech Republic, a joint-venture between Aelia and HDS Retail Czech Republic in Czech Republic.
Change in the Group’s organization. 4 divisions are created: LS distribution, LS travel retail EMEA, LS travel retail ASPAC and LS travel retail NORTH AMERICA.
Full acquisition of The Purely Group by LS travel retail PACIFIC.
Acquisition of the Whitcoulls bookstores in New Zealand airports by LS travel retail PACIFIC.
Acquisition of the Coffeeheaven chain in Czech Republic by HDS Retail Czech Republic.
Partnership between the FNAC brand and Lagardère Services to develop a network of stores in the transportation areas.
Acquisition by LS distribution NORTH AMERICA of Euro-Excellence, importer and distributor of gourmet food in Canada.
Acquisition of Unimex’s Duty Free operations at Ruzyne international airport in Prague.
Acquisition of AdR Retail, the operator of the Duty Free/Duty Paid concessions in Fiumicino and Ciampino airports in Rome.
Partnership between LS travel retail and Travel Food Services in India in order to develop a Duty Free offer.
SGEL acquires Celeritas, a company specialised in logistics and
transport for e-commerce in Spain.
Acquisition by LS travel retail DEUTSCHLAND of
Coffee Fellows’ coffee shops located in travel areas throughout Germany.
LS distribution NORTH AMERICA
acquires Crossings fine foods, a company importing anf distributing gourmet
products in the USA.
takes over Sprinter Courier Service Ldt., a company specialised in parcel
LS distribution BENELUX acquires Burnonville
Distribution, a distributor of non-food products in Belgium and Luxembourg.
LS travel retail acquires Charles F. Gerzon B.V which operates fashion travel retail in Schiphol airport in Amsterdam.
Relay France wins major Travel Essentials call for tender in the French railway network (over 300 POS).
Creation of a business partnership between SAVE and
Lagardère Services concerning Airest S.p.A., a subsidiary of SAVE operating in
Food&Beverage and Travel Retail business since 2001.
LS travel retail enters Iceland by winning the Food tender at Keflavik International airport.Creation of the local entity: Lagardère Travel Retail (ehf.).
Lagardère Services becomes Lagardère Travel Retail.
of Paradies, an airport travel retail leader in North America.
Development in the Middle East : Duty Free contract awarded in Abu Dhabi Airport.
Foodservice contract awarded in Abu Dhabi Airport. Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah Duty Free contracts awarded.
Lagardère Travel Retail acquires the activities of Inflight Service Group (IFS) in Poland and Estonia.