Apparel manufacturer Bossini International is to shift the focus of its business from the difficult Hong Kong market to mainland China, the South China Morning Post reported.

The company is to pick up the pace of its mainland casualwear expansion plans following the continued downward spiral in its profits - down to HK16.65m for the year to March 31. Its Hong Kong business generated HK1bn turnover, but earnings of just HK$2m - a fall of almost 96 per cent from the year before.

Law Ka-sing, director, said he expected a 30 per cent growth in turnover form the China market. He said the group planned to open another four stores in Chinese cities and would continue to expand its authorised dealer business, the South China Morning Post said.

In Taiwan, he said, the group would maintain between 55 and 60 outlets and expected the market to become the second-largest profit contributor in future.