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  1. Alibaba Group acquires stake in Chinese logistics company
  2. TTG sees positive results in Q1
  3. HC International’s revenue and profit down in Q1
  4. Global Sources records loss in Q1
  5. HKTDC’s medical fair features 250 exhibitors
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Alibaba Group acquires stake in Chinese logistics company

News this week: New York-listed Alibaba Groupannounced the acquisition of a minority stake in the Shanghai YTO Express (Logistics) Company. Financial details were not disclosed. Both companies plan to cooperate in developing logistics solutions to improve efficiency of China’s logistics industry.

YTO Express will work closely with Alibaba’s logistics subsidiary Cainiao to enhance the industry’s logistics management capabilities as well as international and rural delivery services. Cainiao was founded by Alibaba in 2013 in partnership with a consortium of logistics companies with the aim of building a nationwide logistics platform.

Judy Tong, senior vice president of Alibaba Group and president of Cainiao, said, “The strategic investment in YTO Express reflects our commitment to improving quality and service standards in China’s logistics industry. As a platform, we look forward to working closer with partners who share our vision to develop more efficient logistic infrastructure and solutions that will drive development of China’s logistics sector in order to fully satisfy our customers’ needs.”

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TTG sees positive results in Q1

News this week: Hong Kong-listed Sino Splendid(formerly China.com) has reported its first quarter results ended 31stMarch 2015. Revenues were US$1.7 million, growing 14% from last year. The company attributed the growth in revenue to the increase from print advertising. Profit in the quarter was US$114,000, more than triple last year’s US$31,000. Earnings per share in the period were HK$0.0014.

The travel media business, TTG, posted a positive result in the quarter due to steady growth of revenues within the overall business. Company management highlighted TTG Travel Trade Publishing completing various print publication special projects, as well as the confirmation of several advertising contracts for TTG Guides & Maps Publishing.

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HC International’s revenue and profit down in Q1

News this week: Last week, Hong Kong-listed HC Internationalannounced its results for the quarter ended 31st March 2015. Revenues were US$34 million, a decrease of 5.5% compared with the same quarter last year. Profit in the quarter also recorded a drop falling 41% down to US$4.0 million. Diluted earnings per share in the period were RMB 0.0365 (US$0.0059).

Almost 80% of the Beijing-based company’s revenues were generated from online services amounting to US$27 million. This represents a year-on-year decrease of 12%. The second largest business segment was seminars and other services, which increased by 8.7% to US$4.4 million and accounted for 13% of total revenues. The remaining revenues were generated from the newly acquired “digital identity management business”, anti-counterfeiting products and services (US$1.8 million), and the trade catalogues and yellow page directories segment (US$718,000).

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Global Sources records loss in Q1

News this week: Yesterday, NASDAQ-listed Global Sources released its financial results for the first quarter ended 31stMarch 2015. Revenues were US$22.2 million, down 36% compared with US$34.5 million last year. In the same period, the company recorded IFRS net loss of US$2.1 million, compared with IFRS net income of US$145,000 in 2014. The drop in revenue was largely due to the shifting of one of the company’s major exhibitions from the first quarter in 2014 to the second quarter in 2015.

More than 80% of Global Sources’ revenues were generated from its online business, amounting to US$17.9 million. That is a drop of 16% from US$21.3 million recorded last year. Revenues from print business accounted for 9.6% of total revenues at US$2.1 million, down 17% year-on-year from 2014’s US$2.6 million. Meanwhile, exhibitions revenues slipped to US$260,000, down from US$8.9 million in the same period last year. The company attributed the decline to the shift in timing of SIMM machinery shows(Shenzhen International Machinery Manufacturing Industry Exhibition and its related shows) from the first quarter of 2014 to the second quarter of 2015.

Global Sources’ executive chairman, Merle A. Hinrich, said, “Our first quarter results reflect the shift in timing of our SIMM machinery shows for the mainland China domestic market from the first quarter of 2014 to the second quarter of 2015. In April, we held our export-focused shows, including Global Sources Electronics, the world’s largest electronics sourcing trade show featuring a total of more than 5,500 booths.”

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HKTDC’s medical fair features 250 exhibitors

New this week: This week, the 6th edition of Hong Kong International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair (Medical Fair) featured more than 250 exhibitors from 11 countries and regions. The three-day fair ran from 18th to 20th May at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) welcoming nearly 10,000 buyers.

Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council(HKTDC) and co-organised by the Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association, this year’s Medical Fair featured two inaugural pavilions representing Canada and the Taiwan Medical and Biotech Industry Association. Ten sector-specific zones were also set up this year including: the Hospital Equipment zone, the Rehabilitation and Elderly Care zone, Household Medical Products, Medical Cosmetology, Medical Supplies and Disposable, Physiotherapy, Tech Exchange, Business of IP Zone, and the Building Technology and Hospital Furniture zone.

Benjamin Chau, HKTDC’s deputy executive director, said, “Buyers from Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, and Vietnam recorded significant growth. It is an indication of Asia’s strong demand for medical supplies and services. An ageing population and increased health consciousness are also factors boosting the demand for healthcare equipment in the region.”

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