Updated at 6.42pm: Hong Kong?s electronic goods manufacturers and buyers were bullish about business prospects for new year, a new survey released on Monday shows. The survey, commissioned by the Trade Development Council, polled 423 exhibitors and 712 buyers at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2006 last Thursday and Friday. More than 63 per cent of responding exhibitors said they expected the market outlook for electronics goods next year would be better than 2006. Over 61 per cent of buyers shared this view. Only five per cent of exhibitors and the same percentage of buyers expected their business in 2007 would be worse than 2006. Manufacturers and buyers from China were the most optimistic respondents. They estimated that the market growth next year would reach 11 to 13 per cent, the survey found. Among electronics goods, respondents voted LCD TVs and multimedia devices ? such as 3G mobile phone, PDAs and MP4 players ? as items expected to have the greatest growth in demand next year. More than 67 per cent of buyers said they had plans to source more from Hong Kong-based companies. This was because of their workmanship, good design, reliability, low prices and good business practices, the survey found. Chan Kei-biu, member of the council?s electronics and electrical appliances industry advisory committee, said the survey showed mainland manufacturers were eager to export more. He said this would give Hong Kong more opportunities to serve as a sourcing hub for electronic goods in the region. There were more than 2,400 exhibitors at 3,700 booths at Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2006, which ran from last Friday to Monday at the Convention and Exhibition Centre.