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Rail Operator Reports Higher Passenger, Cargo Figures

Ljubljana, 14 January (STA) - The Slovenian railways transported 16.4m passengers and 17.63m tonnes of cargo last year, which marks an increase of 5.7% and 9.2%, respectively, on the year before, figures from rail operator Slovenske železnice (SŽ) show.

SŽ trains transported an average 48,000 tonnes of cargo daily last year, the state-owned operator said in a press release, noting that first estimates show 2012 results were trumped in internal and international transport.

Cargo was transported at longer distances, which is reflected in net tonne kilometres increasing by 10% to 3.89bn. The number of passenger kilometres was up by 20m on 2012 to 762m.

A changed subsidies system attributed to a substantial increase in youth passengers, while an increase in adult travel card passengers was also recorded.

The company has not released operating figures for last year yet, but reported a net profit of EUR 12.32m for the first ten months of 2013, which compares to a EUR 763,000 loss in the same period in 2012. Revenue was up by almost 11% to EUR 401.76m.

At the time, the operator projected a group net profit of EUR 13m for the whole year.

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