Hong Kong shares close up 0.7 pct, retailers strong

HONG KONG, Feb 20 — Hong Kong shares rose today, helped by an improving global economic outlook, with retailers gaining ground after strong sales figures from cosmetics firm Sa Sa International Holdings Ltd and Italian fashion house Prada SpA.

The Hang Seng Index closed up 0.7 per cent at 23,307.41. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong rose 1.4 per cent.

The Shanghai Composite Index ended up 0.6 per cent at 2,397.17. The CSI300 of the top Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings gained 0.6 per cent. — Reuters