Declining audiences at cinemas and falling costs for storage contributed to service industries making less money in the third quarter, the government said yesterday. Takings in 10 industries including real estate, restaurants, banking and communications fell from July to September compared with the same period last year. Meanwhile, receipts in three industries rose, mainly because of improving export performance. The storage industry saw receipts fall by 21 per cent in the third quarter because of a fall in rental charges for storage space, the government said in a statement. In the entertainment industry, business receipts fell 19 per cent, mainly because of a decline in box office receipts at cinemas. Cinema ticket sales have slumped this year because of the economic downturn. Cinema owners have also blamed a lack of good films. The real estate industry saw receipts drop by 8 per cent, those of the finance sector fell 7 per cent and the wholesale/retail trade was down 5 per cent. Restaurants took in 5 per cent less while business services industries declined 5 per cent. Banking took in 4 per cent less, while receipts for the hotels and communications industry dipped by 2 per cent each. However, the insurance industry's business receipts rose by 9 per cent, attributable largely to the growth in general insurance and life insurance businesses, the government said. The transport industry also saw a 6 per cent increase in receipts while earnings in the import/export trade edged up 2 per cent, because of the recent growth in exports. Hong Kong's monthly export growth ranged from 6 to 10 per cent in the third quarter over the year before, on renewed demand in Asia for goods from the mainland.