Just two days before its trading debut, beauty service provider Modern Beauty Salon Holdings was locked in a disagreement over the number of its customers who have lodged complaints with the Consumer Council. The company told Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing yesterday that it had been asked by the council to explain why the number of complaints it reported in its listing prospectus was lower than the number recorded on the council's books. In its prospectus, Modern Beauty said 260 customer complaints were lodged with the council from April 2002 up to the end of July last year. However, the council said it had drawn 303 complaints to the company's notice. In its disclosure to the HKEx on the disagreement yesterday, the company said it had responded by telling the council: 'The directors are of the view that the number of customers' complaints as stated in the prospectus was based on the information shown in the records of the group.' Modern Beauty added that it believed the information set out in the prospectus was 'accurate and complete in all material respects, was not misleading or deceptive, and did not constitute material mis-statements.' The company said that after it had received the letter a meeting was held with the Consumer Council on February 4, during which it noted that the council in general would forward consumer complaints to the group by ordinary post. Despite the fact that no resolution on the discrepancy was reached during the meeting, Modern Beauty's listing timetable was not affected. Tomorrow should see it become the first arrival on the stock exchange since the start of the Year of the Dog.