Guangdong manufacturers are facing a miserable yuletide season as exports of Christmas consumer goods shrank 13.2 per cent to US$460 million in the first eight months of the year, according to government statistics. The provincial customs bureau said the volume of exports was 16.3 per cent below the same period last year at 197,000 tonnes, Xinhua reported. Shipments to the United States suffered the sharpest decline of 25.3 per cent, while exports to the European Union fared a bit better, slipping 14.9 per cent. Demand from members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations surged 2.5 times, although from a much smaller base. Federation of Hong Kong Industries deputy chairman Stanley Lau Chin-ho said orders at Hong Kong firms in the Pearl River Delta fell about 10 per cent.