Brighter outlook for HK, mainland China markets

The markets of Hong Kong, mainland China and other Asia Pacific countries offer the best prospects for exporters here. According to the latest industrial exports survey for the second quarter of the year released yesterday, Macau exporters surveyed said they were optimistic about the markets in Hong Kong and mainland China, while Japan has worsened because of weaker export demands.
Although exporters maintain a positive outlook on Hong Kong and mainland Chinese markets, their overall positive outlook lowered to 20.6 percent in the second quarter of the year, a drop of 2.7 percentage points compared to that of the previous quarter (23.3 percent) and a 7.5 percentage point decrease from that of the same period a year ago (28.1 percent).
Of the surveyed companies, 0.7 percent said they expected a strong demand for exports, while 19.9 percent said they expected demand to increase only slightly.
In addition, the number of workers in this industry dropped by 0.3 percent quarter-on-quarter and 5.9 percent over that of the second quarter of 2013. Overall, 66.6 percent of companies surveyed said they lack enough human resources compared to 61.8 percent who said the same in the first quarter of the year. Pharmaceutical exporters complained of the biggest labour shortage at 86 percent.