Dragonair was seriously affected by the outbreak of Sars last month as revenue passenger kilometres - a measurement equivalent to one paying passenger flying one kilometre - dropped a comparative 76.9 per cent to 85.48 million. Cargo business remained the bright spot for the carrier as cargo tonne kilometres rose 52.4 per cent year on year to 73.4 million last month. The number of flights was down by more than 36 per cent to 1,349 because of the drop of passenger demand. Outbreak fuels Unicom's long-distance traffic China Unicom has seen domestic and international long distance traffic increase by almost 40 per cent since the Sars outbreak in China. The country's No2 cellular operator said outgoing long distance calls totalled 5.54 billion minutes last month, up 39.6 per cent from March. The carrier continued to report slow growth in new users for its code division multiple access network, with only 555,000 new users signing up in April to bring the total to 8.58 million. New Universe offloads skydatamann for $1 Growth Enterprise Market-listed industrial mould-maker New Universe International Group has sold Internet data centre operator SkyDatamann to an independent third party for HK$1, two years after it bought it for $140 million. The data centre had unauthorised building works and ceased operation in December 2001. The disposal resulted in a $9.3 million gain for New Universe as SkyDatamann was excluded from its books. Multifield in share offer Main board-listed property investor Multifield International Holdings, which owns 29.76 per cent of steel trader Oriental Explorer Holdings, has offered to buy all shares it does not already own at 4.5 HK cents each - a 36.4 per cent premium to Oriental's last closing price of 3.3 cents. The offer values Oriental at $81 million.