The Nuance Group has won an extension to its existing contract in Sweden to the end of 2014 (DFNI.com, 25-Jan-2010). Nuance has operated the duty-free stores and other retail operations at 14 Swedish airports (Stockholm Arlanda, Stockholm Bromma, Gothenburg, Halmstad, Jönköping, Karlstad, Lulea, Malmö, Norrköping, Örnsköldsvik, Östersund, Skelleftea, Sundsvall and Umea) since Jan-2002 and the current contract was set to expire at the end of 2010. The company currently operates 27 stores spanning 5,750sq m (61,892sq ft) of retail space at airports.
Nuance wins extension to its contract in Sweden to the end of 2014
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