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Hong Kong's ROE lowest at 7.9%

China and Hong Kong were the only markets where ROE fell in 2009, according to HSBC.

Indonesia, a domestic consumption-led economy, delivered the best ROE (30%) as ASEAN countries delivered better returns than other countries in the region.

HSBC Global Research said, “In China, the fall was marginal, from 14.6% in 2008 to 13.9%, due to lower asset turnover. Hong Kong saw a steeper fall, to 7.9% in 2009 from 10.7% in 2008. The decline in sales (down 11.4%), resulting in lower asset turnover, was the biggest culprit here as well.”

In addition, high exceptional costs of USD2.2bn increased the tax burden and consequently eroded profits.

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