Esprit's shares fall 6.6 percent after second-half profit warning

HONG KONG Tue May 7, 2013 9:33pm EDT

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Shares in clothing retailer Esprit Holdings Ltd (0330.HK) were set to open down 6.6 percent on Wednesday after it warned of a substantial second-half loss due to soaring costs related to store closures and acquisitions in China.

The Europe-focused clothing and accessories retailer said after the market closed on Tuesday that it would record a goodwill impairment of between HK$1.8 billion to HK$2 billion related to the acquisition of the remaining interests of associated companies in China.

The company also said it would close around 16 loss-making stores, incurring an estimated cost of HK$250 million to HK$300 million.

Shares of Esprit, which sells everything from bed sheets to jeans, were set to open down HK$0.72 at HK$10.18, lagging a 0.7 percent gain on the blue chip Hang Seng Index .HSI.

(Reporting By Yimou Lee; Editing by Anne Marie Roantree)

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