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Tse Sui Luen Jewellery (International) Ltd, the Hong Kong jeweller profit dropped 94 per cent in the first half of its fiscal year. The company has attributed the performance to the impact of the US-China trade war and the social unrest in Hong Kong.
As per the statement, the earnings for the six-month period ending September 30, 2019, were down to $ 0.20 mln from $3.10 mln year-on-year. Revenues fell 14 per cent to $0.21 bln from $0.24 bln a year ago.
Annie Tse, chairman and CEO of TSL also mentioned the low spending power of Chinese visitors. “Domestically, Hong Kong has been gripped by large-scale social unrest since late June. The weak local consumer sentiment due to city-wide protests has made it challenging for retailers to operate, which influenced our performance in the first half of the financial year,” she said.
Tse also mentioned that the situation is unlikely to improve owing to ongoing protests in Hong Kong as well as the lack of a trade consensus between China and the US.
To overcome difficulties, the company is committed to further strengthening its products and services and will implement cost-saving initiatives, including seeking reduced rental fees from landlords as well as cutting down operating expenses.
TSL has a total of 448 shops in more than 130 cities. The company will also expand its reach in the Greater Bay Area.

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor in Chief of the Asian Bureau, Rough & Polished