People worrying less about economy: survey Public concern over Hong Kong's economic problems has fallen, according to a survey by the University of Hong Kong's Public Opinion Programme. It found the number of people who thought the economy was the most important issue facing Hong Kong dropped from 74 per cent in August to 65 per cent in October. Dissatisfaction with the economic situation dropped by six percentage points, to 62 per cent. Hydrogen peroxide found in shark's fin samples More than half of 25 shark's fin samples tested by the government had residual hydrogen peroxide, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said last night. The department conducted the tests after recent reports that industrial hydrogen peroxide had been applied in the processing of shark's fin and pistachios on the mainland. Hotels predicted to enjoy a merry Christmas Hotel occupancy in Hong Kong would reach 80 to 90 per cent during the Christmas period, the Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners said yesterday. The federation's executive director, Michael Lee Hon-shing, expects the number of mainland tourists to increase by 10 per cent over the period. He was optimistic about the industry's prospects, with an expected increase in travellers from the US and Europe. Cigarette stash seized Customs officers have seized a large quantity of smuggled cigarettes, worth about $2.6 million, from a truck at the Lok Ma Chau checkpoint. Correction Remarks attributed to Sing Ming-shaw that appeared in the article 'Democracy would not create a welfare state' in last Saturday's paper were actually made by Sing Ming, associate professor of the Department of Public and Social Administration at City University. We regret the error.