ARC reports that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies experienced a slight drop at -0.71 percent year-over-year in the first six months of 2013 compared to the same period last year.
The totals: $46.1 billion vs. $46.4 billion in 2012 and $44 billion in 2011. Sales for June 2013 were down -1.38 percent at $7.1 billion compared to June 2012 at $7.2 billion, ARC says.
Ticket transactions for the first six months of 2013 also decreased -1.17 percent to 76 million over the same period in 2012 at 76.5 million. Year-to-date passenger segments decreased -2.0 percent to 181.7 million compared to 185.4 million in the six months of 2012 and 184.6 million in 2011.
Nearly 14,000 travel agencies and 190 airlines use ARC's settlement services, which in 2012 totaled more than $84 billion.