Shoe maker Skechers USA Inc. said Tuesday it is expanding its wholesale distribution in Hong Kong and Macau through a partnership with the Onwel Group of Companies, considered a leading fashion company in the region.

Wholesale delivery is planned to begin next spring. The expansion follows Manhattan Beach-based Skechers' opening last month of the first of 20 planned stores in the region over the next two years.

"The people of Hong Kong are avid, brand-conscious consumers," said Vincent Leung, senior vice president of Skechers Hong Kong Ltd., in a statement. "The economy is thriving and given the opportunity to buy a great brand, Hong Kong people will take it."

Skechers also has a joint venture, Skechers China Ltd., with Luen Thai Enterprises that was established earlier this year.

Skechers shares rose 28 cents, or 2 percent, to $19.50 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange

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