Milan 23 April 2003 - The Easter weekend, the first in Italy’s long Spring holiday period from Easter to the beginning of May, closed with a strong performance at Autogrill Italy. The week ending on Easter Sunday saw a 12% rise in sales compared with Easter 2002. The key days were Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with heavy traffic on all roads, especially the A1 and A14 motorways, where flows reached peaks normally associated with the summer exodus. The 341 Autogrill travel plazas in Italy reported a net sales increase of 12.2% from the previous year. Sales rose by 25% in airports and by 17% in railway stations.