Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Declining traffic hits Spanish Toll operator

Cintra's August traffic falls on main concessions


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MADRID - Spanish toll road operator Cintra (CCIT.MC: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Thursday that traffic fell for nearly all of its main concessions in August.

On Canada's 407-ETR road, traffic measured in daily journeys fell 4.8 percent in August from a year earlier, affected by the economic downturn and the fact there were two less working days in the month, the company said.

On the Indiana Toll road, traffic measured in daily journeys dropped 6.89 percent, and 6.66 percent on the Chicago Skyway, reflecting tariff increases and the economic slowdown in the United States.

Cintra's Spanish motorways reflected the impact of the domestic economic slowdown, with traffic measured in daily journeys dropping 7.25 percent on its Ausol I concession from a year earlier and 4.67 percent for Ausol II. The only motorways to show rises in traffic were the Madrid-Levante and the M4-M6.

At 0952 GMT, Cintra shares were 0.89 percent lower at 7.78 euros, while the blue-chip IBEX-35 had lost 0.71 percent. (Reporting by Judy MacInnes; editing by Rory Channing)

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