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Apr exports value up 1.1%

The value of Hong Kong’s total goods exports increased to $389 billion in April, up 1.1% compared with the same month last year, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   The value of imports of goods rose 2.1% to $425.6 billion for the same period.   A trade deficit of $36.6 billion, or 8.6% of the value of imports, was recorded for the month.   Comparing the three-month period ending April with the preceding three months on a seasonally adjusted basis, the value of total exports decreased 12% while that of imports fell 11.7%.   The Government said epidemic-induced transportation disruptions, though easing somewhat in the latter part of the month, continued to constrain export performance.   It pointed out that exports to the Mainland fell while those to the US and the European Union posted visible growth.   Looking ahead, the global economic outlook has worsened amid rampant inflation in some major economies and monetary policy tightening by respective cen

Catering premises checked

The Food & Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) conducted operations from June 11 to 13 to remind catering business and scheduled premises operators to strictly comply with the anti-epidemic regulations.   The operation jointly conducted with Police covered bars, pubs and karaoke establishments in Mong Kok, Yau Tsim District, Central & Western District and Wan Chai.   During the joint operation, 43 catering premises were inspected, while 1,657 catering premises and 292 other premises were inspected soley by the FEHD.   The department initiated procedures on prosecution against seven catering business operators suspected of breaching the requirements under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Requirements & Directions) (Business & Premises) Regulation.   Five of them were related to dine-in services provided after the specified time in catering premises, while the remaining two were related to more than four people allowed to be seated together at one table and failing to wear a mask.   The department said it will continue law enforcement on all types of premises and inspect staff and customer vaccination records.
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