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Chow Tai Fook Jewellery's H1 profit down 42 pct on weak demand

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Reuters
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Nov 24, 2015

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd, China's largest jewellery retailer by market value, said its first-half net profit fell 42 percent on the back of sluggish spending in Hong Kong and Macau, and disappointing sales of gold products.


A Chow Tai Fook store in Seoul - Chow Tai Fook


Earlier this month, it had flagged that it expected first-half net profit to drop by up to 50 percent due to subdued spending in Hong Kong and Macau.

The Hong Kong-listed company, which has a market value of about $7.6 billion and competes with global rivals such as Tiffany & Co, reported a net profit of HK$1.56 billion ($201 million) for April-September. That compared with a profit of HK$2.69 billion in the same period a year earlier.

Revenue for April-September fell 4.1 percent year-on-year to HK$21.12 billion, while overall same-store sales declined 8.7 percent.

Beijing's anti-corruption campaign and a weaker yuan have curbed Chinese spending while a volatile stock market has hurt retailers.

$1 = 7.7496 Hong Kong dollars
 

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