General merchandise chain Jusco Stores (Hong Kong) is believed to have slipped into an attributable loss in the six months ended August, hit by worse-than-expected losses in two recently opened stores. This would compare with a $28.99 million attributable profit in the same period last year. Sources said the Jusco outlets in Tse Wan Shan and Tseung Kwan O, opened last year and early this year, had eroded profits made by the other four outlets. Although profitable, sales at these four outlets slid almost 10 per cent during the period. Jusco has been aggressively expanding since the liquidation of Japanese group Yaohan Department Stores last November, taking over former Yaohan sites in Whampoa Garden, Hunghom and Tuen Mun Town Plaza, Tuen Mun.