HONG KONG'S toy exports to Britain grew in the first five months of the year as the country recovered from a prolonged recession. The latest report from the Trade Development Council (TDC) recorded the exports of toys, dolls and games to Britain for the year to May was worth $1.2 billion, representing a 15 per cent growth compared with the same period last year. According to the latest issue of International Market News, prepared by the TDC, the sale of traditional toys in Britain expanded four per cent last year to reach $21.1 billion. British retail buying groups sourced about 70 per cent of their toys from Hong Kong manufacturers. VTech UK, a subsidiary of VTech Holdings, was one of the domestic toy manufacturers gaining from the boom. The company achieved a 30 per cent sales growth last year compared with the same period a year ago. Much of the company's growth was attributed to the surging demand for electronic and computer learning aids especially designed for toddlers and schoolchildren. Products such as electronic pre-school toys, electronic learning aids, personal computer-driven electronic programs and multimedia programs were hot commodities, according to the company. This category of 'educational learning aids' brought a $750 million turnover for VTech UK last year.