AS Watson reported total revenue rose 17% to HK$67.23bn (£5.28bn) in the first half to June 30. The health and beauty, and grocery retailer reported EBIT increased 25% to HK$3.55bn ($456m), which the company attributed to the management’s strong commitment to improving operating efficiencies, reducing inventory levels, increasing centralised purchasing and continued expansion in high-growth markets. Capital expenditure rose 37.7% to HK$647m (£50.8m).