Hong Kong businessmen capitalising on rock-bottom prices are embarking on a shopping spree that has boosted imports from Indonesia by 18 per cent this year. Entrepreneurs are stocking up on everything from handicrafts and jewellery to computers and motorcycles. Seafood wholesalers are netting cut-price catches of fish, lobster and shrimp; sales of telecommunications equipment and electronics are similarly soaring. The mini-boom in exports to the SAR in the first five months of this year would have been even higher if not for a 42 per cent slump in sales of timber, traditionally the top-earning commodity. Last year's forest fires are having a serious economic impact and wood products, which formerly accounted for 12 per cent of sales, now only make up six per cent. Seafood sales have surpassed timber, having leapt by 83 per cent so far this year, and are on target to breach the US$100 million mark for the first time. Though not so significant in pure dollar terms, the greatest boom of all in exports to Hong Kong has been in jewellery. In previous years, sales have hovered consistently (and somewhat insignificantly) at around $1 million. But between January and May alone, sales went off the chart to $22 million - a vivid illustration of the phenomenal flight of valuables at the height of Indonesia's financial and political crisis. Given the collapse of the rupiah - and the correspondingly higher price of the Hong Kong and US dollar - observers say it is hardly surprising the bottom has basically fallen out of most markets for SAR exports to Indonesia. Sales were never particularly strong. Indonesia has traditionally enjoyed a surplus worth between $600 million and $700 million and the export market last year ranked only 24th among the SAR's trading partners. But, this year, exports have fallen by about 50 per cent.