Mon, 08 Mar 2010

Dairy Farm International Holdings, Hong Kong’s second-biggest retailer, will increase spending on hypermarkets in Southeast Asia and its health and beauty chain in China.

Capital spending may rise about 4 percent to at least $300 million as the company builds hypermarkets in Indonesia, Malaysia and possibly Vietnam, Howard Mowlem, Dairy Farm’s group financial director said last week. In China, where “margins are pretty thin” for hypermarkets, the company will focus on smaller health and beauty stores, he said.

“Health and beauty has proved to be one of the more resilient sectors,” Mowlem said. “There are some luxuries that ladies don’t want to compromise on.”