Stelux sales slide in third quarter

Stelux Holdings International has reported a 12.7 per cent slide in sales in the three months to December 31.

A large component of the decline was the exchange rate – on a fiscally neutral basis, sales fell a more modest 8.8 per cent, the company has reported to the Hong Kong stock exchange.

Turnover totalled HK$850.8 million for the quarter, down from the $974.6 million of the same period last year.

“Our Mainland Optical 88 operations saw turnover growth of around 8 per cent in local currency terms, and the growth momentum from our eGG business in Greater China was sustained, but other business units within the group generally saw turnover decline,” the company reported.

The main contributor of the decline would appear to be the City Chain jewellery and watch operation which has been hit by changing tourist spending patterns in Hong Kong and weak consumer sentiment in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Stelux did not release figures for that subsidiary.

The unaudited consolidated turnover of the Group for the nine months to December 31 was HK$2.637 billion, a decrease of 11.4 per cent, or 8 per cent on a foreign exchange neutral basis.

“The group maintains stable liquidity with reduction of inventory by around 7 per cent and 15 per cent against that as at the end of September 2015 and March 2015 respectively,” the statement concluded.

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