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"This is significantly better than we thought"

DFDS Chief Executive Torben Carlsen says that he is "pleased" with the second quarter despite a big setback in revenue as well as bottom line. Improved prospects does not change the fact that 650 employees must leave the company.

DFDS Chief Executive Torben Carlsen says he is pleased with the second quarter despite a big setback in the company's results. | Photo: DFDS

One has to look almost five and a half years back to find a result as poor as the one DFDS presented on Wednesday for the second quarter.

Where triple-digit million kroner profits have been the norm for the shipping company every quarter in recent years, the coronavirus crisis has changed the scenario completely in 2020, where the passenger business was shut down for months.

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