Chinese-headquartered shoe manufacturer Hongguo International Holdings posted a 25 per cent jump in 2004 net profit, to CNY52.96 million from CNY42.50m in 2003.

Sales for the year totalled CNY294.47m, an increase of 33 per cent over last year's CNY220.59m.

Hongguo designs, manufactures and markets ladies' fashion footwear under the brand names C Banner and E Blan.