PRESS DIGEST - Hong Kong - Jan 30

HONG KONG Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:04pm EST

HONG KONG Jan 30 (Reuters) - These are some of the leading stories in Hong Kong newspapers on Wednesday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

-- Zurich-based Credit Suisse has been seeking to sublet part of its office at the International Commerce Centre in West Kowloon as financial institutions cut costs amid what has been a challenging operating environment since last year. (link.reuters.com/paz55t)

-- The Civil Aviation Department has allowed Hong Kong Airlines to expand its fleet to 22 aircraft from 20 after an improvement to its on-time performance. (link.reuters.com/qaz55t)

HONG KONG ECONOMIC JOURNAL

-- The retail tranche of watchmaker Time Watch Investments' initial public offering has been oversubscribed by 649 times, locking up funds more than HK$52.6 billion ($6.78 billion), according to market sources.

THE STANDARD

-- Guotai Junan International said in a report that 22 B-share firms spanning real estate, home appliance, food and beverage, jewellery, machinery manufacturer, construction and tourism sectors are the most eligible for H-share conversions, as long as firms have a minimum market capitalisation of 1 billion yuan. (link.reuters.com/raz55t)

SING TAO DAILY

-- PCCW Global, an operating division of HKT Trust , has tied up with Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), Vietnam's foremost full service telecommunications service provider, to explore business opportunities in Southeast Asia and beyond.

ORIENTAL DAILY

-- Shirble Department Store Holdings (China) Ltd, whose shares have been suspended for 10 months since March, reported a net loss of 13.8 million yuan ($2.22 million) for the first half of last year.

WEN WEI PO

-- Cosmetics group L'Occitane International S.A. reported net sales of 801.3 million euro ($1.08 billion) for the nine months ended December, an increase of 17.6 percent from a year earlier.

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(Reporting by Twinnie Siu; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)