By Daniel Hunter

Heathrow is expecting to grow faster than expected after it reported increased sales and revenues.

The airport's revenue was up 8.2% to £1.99bn in the nine months to the end of September. It came as a result of increased passenger numbers and more money being made per customer.

Passenger numbers for the full year could reach 73.4 million, a 1.5% rise and up from the forecasts of 72.8 million.

Pre-tax profits were down £58m, from £266m after it booked the majority of what it earned by selling Stansted airport.

"Heathrow continues to deliver against key targets, with more passengers than ever choosing to use Heathrow," said chief executive John Holland-Kaye.

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