Chow Tai Fook sales soared 25 per cent in Hong Kong and Macau in the September quarter. On the mainland, sales rose by a solid 15 per cent.
Same-store sales rose 23 per cent in Hong Kong and Macau and by 6 per cent on the mainland, according to a stock exchange filing by the company.
But same-store volume growth told a different story: down 2 per cent in Hong Kong and Macau and up 1 per cent on the mainland, reflecting weaker gold prices which correspondingly drove more customers into stores.
Chow Tai Fook’s sales of gold products grew by 41 per cent in Hong Kong and Macau and by 11 per cent in Mainland China
Chairman, Dr Henry Kar-Shun, described the Hong Kong and Macau market growth as “impressive” during the quarter, “benefitting from buoyant consumer spending and resilient mainland visitation”.
He said the same-store sales performance of gold products in both markets was driven by the increase in weight per piece sold. The company’s same-store average sale value on the mainland was HK$4000 compared to $3600 in the preceding quarter, while in Hong Kong and Macau, it rose from $7100 to $8500.
The average international gold price declined by 5 per cent year on year during the quarter to September 30.
Chow Tai Fook opened a net 162 points of sale in Mainland China during the quarter, which
included 158 new Chow Tai Fook Jewellery spaces, three SoInLove spaces and one Chow Tai Fook T Mark space.
In Hong Kong, Macau and other markets, the group opened one Hearts On Fire space and closed two CTF Watch stores in Hong Kong, and opened one Chow Tai Fook Jewellery space in South Korea. As at September 30 the company had 2822 points of sale globally.