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Apparel makers hoping for better sales

By Camaron Kao  /  Staff reporter

Apparel maker Eclat Textile Co (儒鴻) yesterday said sales should pick up sequentially in the second half of the year as the company starts delivery of winter sportswear.

“Revenues are expected to increase year-on-year in the second half because winter products have higher average selling prices,” vice president Roger Lo (羅仁傑) said by telephone.

The company’s positive outlook came after it resumed taking orders from Canada-based Lululemon Athletica Inc in May, as well as winning other new clients.

Sales to Lululemon accounted for about 10 percent of Eclat’s revenue last year, Lo said.

Fubon Securities Investment Services Co (富邦投顧) forecast Eclat’s sales could hit NT$4.6 billion (US$154.15 million) this quarter and NT$4.88 billion next quarter, after growing 12.53 percent quarter-on-quarter and 53.53 percent year-on-year to NT$4.13 billion last quarter.

Makalot Industrial Co (聚陽實業), an apparel supplier for global brands such as H&M and Zara, yesterday said its pretax profit last quarter grew 7.04 percent year-on-year, but fell 19.53 percent quarter-on-quarter to NT$362.88 million.

The figure was in line with analysts’ forecasts of between NT$354 million and NT$377 million.

Makalot expects shipments this quarter to rise to between 2.85 million dozen and 3 million dozen, lifting revenue to a record high on rising orders from US clients, public relations manager Mavis Chiu (邱美惠) said by telephone.

Fubon Securities said Makalot could see sales of NT$5.68 billion this quarter, up 37.86 percent from the second quarter and up 23.48 percent higher from a year ago.

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