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Trinity expands store network significantly across Greater China
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Apr '11
Trinity Limited, a member of the Li & Fung group, announced that it achieved a net profit increase of HK$161.2 million during the financial year ended 31 December 2010, representing a 89.7% gain over 2009.

Profit attributable to shareholders increased by 89.7% to HK$340.8 million, while basic earnings per share increased by 52.0% to 21.6 HK cents. Gross profit percentage grew from 73.6% to 77.2%, indicating Trinity's ability to achieve continued growth and efficiency in the Greater China market through its vertically integrated business model and control of the supply chain. The Board of Directors has proposed a final dividend of 10.0 HK cents per share. Full year dividend increased by 114.3% to 15.0 HK cents per share.

The Group said its highly targeted focus on the rapidly expanding luxury menswear sector and its extensive geographic reach across the Chinese Mainland contributed to its robust financial performance, which is particularly evident in same-store sales which increased 21.0%.

The Group expanded its Chinese Mainland store network significantly in 2010, adding net 57 new stores and 8 new cities to its roster of locations. Many of the new stores were opened in fast-growing second-, third- and fourth-tier cities which the Group believes will play an ever increasing role in cementing a solid foundation for future growth.

Mr Wong Yat Ming, Group Managing Director of Trinity, said, “Luxury product spending in the Chinese Mainland is experiencing high growth and is on track to become the largest luxury goods market in the world. As a leading retailer in the high-end to luxury menswear segment, with a strong store network and a highly attractive portfolio of carefully chosen heritage brands, Trinity is well positioned to enjoy significant, sustainable growth in the coming years.”

As of end-2010, Trinity's network included a total of 451 stores, 409 of which were in Greater China (329 stores in 50 cities across the Chinese Mainland, 41 in Hong Kong and Macau, 39 in Taiwan) and 1 in the United Kingdom.

A total of 41 stores are also operated in Southeast Asia and South Korea under the Salvatore Ferragamo joint ventures. The Group is largely unique in that it manages its own stores and operates with a fully integrated business model, enabling it to focus on maintaining quality and achieving higher margins.

In addition to its continued expansion, primarily into profitable, lower-cost third and fourth-tier cities, Trinity completed its first acquisition after its listing with the purchase of Cerruti Group, making it the Group's second self-owned brand after Kent & Curwen.

Vast Potential “There is ample room for greater store penetration in the Chinese Mainland, particularly in numerous second-tier cities,” Mr Wong said.

“We believe the Chinese Mainland market remains under penetrated in its retail network, and more high end retail locations are available as more cities are now able to become part of the luxury sector. The ranks of the very wealthy are growing, as is the middle class, and they are more knowledgeable about luxury brands than ever before. These

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