StockMarketWire.com - Airport retailer SSP Group said it still expected like-for-like sales for its full financial year to grow by between 2% and 3%.

Growth, which continued at a similar level in the fourth quarter to the third, was driven largely by increased passenger numbers in the air sector, the company said.

Net contract gains for the year were expected to be around the top end of a previously announced range of 4.5%-to-5.0%.

The gains had continued to be driven by strong growth in North America and on-going progress in the rest of the world division, SSP said.

'Looking forward, whilst a degree of uncertainty always exists around passenger numbers in the short term, we are well placed to continue to benefit from the structural growth opportunities in our markets and to create further shareholder value,' it added.

On currency, the company said it expected the overall impact on revenue from the movement in foreign currencies compared to the pound would be just under minus 2%. Story provided by StockMarketWire.com