Duty-Free Operators Fear Widespread Slump

The industry is nervously eyeing the possibility that other countries could embrace the restrictions.

Gebr. Heinemann, a Hamburg-based company that holds the duty-free concession at Frankfurt's airport, said the effects on sales at its airports in Germany, Turkey and South Africa had been limited but noticeable.

Only about 13 percent of the passengers passing through Frankfurt are headed for the United States, so the effects are limited.

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