The city's leading shopping centres recorded significant sales growth during the long Lunar New Year holiday, driven by mainland shoppers and strong demand from local residents. Footfall at Times Square in Causeway Bay rose 15 per cent during the holiday while consumption per capita grew 20 per cent. Grace Leung, the general manager of Times Square, yesterday said: "We have had more mainland and local shoppers visiting our mall after the completion of the refurbishment works and the opening of new cinemas and restaurants in November and December. "Jewellery businesses, luxury brands and shops selling audiovisual products are doing well. Our turnover recorded double-digit growth." Leung said she expected Times Square to record double-digit growth in turnover this year. "Hong Kong is still attractive to visitors for shopping as the currency is cheap. Local consumption demand remains strong because of the low unemployment rate, and the outlook for the retail market remains optimistic," she said. "Overall retail sales for this year won't record strong growth as it the past few years. But it will be stable." At Sun Hung Kai Properties' 12 shopping centres, traffic grew 15 per cent to 7.8 million visitors during the Lunar New Year holiday. Sales also grew 15 per cent from last year to HK$180 million. Maureen Fung Sau-yim, the general manager of Sun Hung Kai Properties' leasing department, said: "APM in Kwun Tong attracted 1.8 million shoppers from January 30 to February 3. That's 15 per cent more than a year ago. The turnover of the mall rose 18 per cent to HK$18 million," Harbour City, the city's largest mall run by Wharf, saw a 15 per cent increase in footfall. On Friday, the first day of the lunar new year, traffic rose more than 30 per cent from the previous New Year's Day to 230,000 visitors.