Power group CLP Holdings has reported a 6.3 per cent jump in local electricity sales for the three months to March 31. The company is also paying shareholders an interim dividend of 40 HK cents per share - up 5.3 per cent on the previous corresponding period. The company said sales to local sectors were better than expected because of the economic recovery. Sales to the residential sector were particularly strong, recording 13.9 per cent growth, while sales to the manufacturing sector showed growth of 2.4 per pent. Turnover showed only a modest 2.8 per cent rise during the period to HK$4.77 billion. Sales to the mainland recorded a rise of 6.1 per cent.