Yaohan International Holdings, whose retailing arm is in liquidation, has reported a $1.36 billion attributable loss for the six months to September, up sharply from a $91 million loss in the previous corresponding period. The decline was attributable primarily to a $1.16 billion exceptional loss, including a $699 provision on doubtful debts, losses from value of trademarks, goodwill, pre-operating expenses and investment in an associate company. The loss was incurred before the liquidation of the company's 42 per cent owned retailing arm Yaohan Hongkong Corp last month, three months after core business Yaohan Department Stores (HK) was wound up with about $1.1 billion in liabilities. Yaohan Hongkong is also troubled by $91.5 million in outstanding debts. During the first half, turnover plummeted 75 per cent to $332 million, while operating losses rose to $189 million from $15.28 million. Losses per share soared to $1.377 from 9.3 cents. No interim dividend was proposed. Yaohan International last month reshuffled its board, with mainland-backed minority shareholders such as Citic Australia and China Venturetech Investment Corp taking the helm. Yaohan International is 19.867 per cent held by property developer Pacific Concord Holdings, 19.868 per cent by Japanese businessman Kazuo Wada and his brothers, 7.5 per cent by Citic Australia and 3.6 per cent by China Venturetech.