Revenue at pharmacy operator Nepstar declined 9.3% in the third quarter to Yn556m (£495m), while net income remained stable at Yn7m (£33m).

Nepstar chief finance officer William Dai said: “Our ability to consistently generate strong free cash flow demonstrates that our financial health has strengthened throughout the economic recovery and paves the way for further expansion of our store network in 2010.”

As of September 30, Nepstar operated 2,337 stores throughout China.