Hong Kong shares close up 0.7 pct, retailers strong

HONG KONG Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:11am EST

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HONG KONG Feb 20 (Reuters) - Hong Kong shares rose on Wednesday, 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 percent at 23,307.41. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong rose 1.4 percent.

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

HIGHLIGHTS:

* Retailers rose as consumer sentiment in China improved. Sa Sa International Holdings Ltd rose 7.9 percent to a record high, while Bonjour Holdings Ltd, a smaller rival of Sa Sa, rose 5.2 percent. Italian fashion house Prada SpA rose 3.3 percent.

* A decline in China's real estate sector was milder than in previous sessions after Standard & Poor's said it did not expect Beijing to drastically tighten or loosen its controls over the industry this year. In Hong Kong, China Resources Land lost 0.2 percent, while China Overseas Land fell 1.1 percent. China Vanke, China's largest property developer by sales, rose 2.1 percent in Shenzhen.

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