Lianhua Supermarket Holdings, China's largest retailer, said yesterday it would continue to carry Japanese brands on its shelves, despite calls for a nationwide boycott of Japanese goods. The company said sales of Japanese-branded products remained stable at its 3,123 supermarkets and convenience stores across the country. 'Our products are not imported directly from Japan,' said Liang Wei, general manager of Lianhua Supermarket, at a briefing on the company's annual results. 'We are sourcing them from mainland suppliers and Sino-Japanese manufacturers.' Company chairman Wang Zongnan said the chain stocked hundreds of thousands of goods, and he could not be sure how many were Japanese brands. 'Our sourcing manager is not here and cannot give details,' he said. Mr Liang said Lianhua's sourcing strategies depended entirely on market demand. 'We do not see the need to change,' he said. 'Demonstrations are not a frequent occurrence.' Japanese-owned retailers, however, cannot be so sanguine. Massive crowds forced the Shenzhen and Zhuhai outlets of wholly Japanese-owned department store Jusco to close on two consecutive Sundays. A spokeswoman at Jusco Stores (Hong Kong) said the closures had an insignificant impact on total turnover. 'Only a few of our products are directly from Japan,' she said, adding that most customers were concerned primarily with prices and quality rather than the national origin of the goods. Lianhua Supermarket plans to spend 600 million yuan to open 600 new stores in the Yangtze River Delta and northern China this year. Xu Lingling, Lianhua Supermarket's chief financial operator, said the company would spend 400 million yuan to open 20 hypermarkets, 160 million yuan for 100 new supermarkets and 27 million yuan for 180 new convenience stores. Another 300 new stores - 100 supermarkets and 200 convenience stores - would be franchises, she said. On Tuesday, the company reported net profit grew 31.7 per cent year on year to 215.54 million yuan last year. Turnover jumped 16.9 per cent to 10.85 billion yuan. The company will pay a final dividend of seven fen.