March 26 - Despite volatile market conditions, Gebr

Gebrüder Weiss generated a 3.3 percent increase in turnover, which it attributes partly to the upturn in the economy in the second half of the year.

"The land transport, air and sea, logistics solutions and CEP sectors have once again proven themselves as pillars of our success," explained the company's ceo, Wolfgang Niessner.

With a consolidated turnover of EUR801.2 million (USD1.1 billion) in 2013, the land transport business sector slightly improved on the previous year.

Positive developments were also recorded in the area of air and sea freight, with consolidated turnover increasing by around 6 percent to EUR256.7 million (USD353 million).

Gebrüder Weiss' department for special transports, including project and breakbulk cargoes, posted an impressive turnover of EUR11 million (USD15 million) in 2013 - the first time the sector has achieved a two-digit turnover.

2013 also saw Gebrüder Weiss expanding eastwards, with the takeover of the freight forwarder Far Freight, the opening of its first Turkish branch in Istanbul and the commissioning of a new logistics centre in Tbilisi, Georgia.