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By Access Asia

Yakult, the fermented lactic drink from Yakult Honsha Company, is experiencing a significant upsurge in sales across Hong Kong and other Asian markets due to a rumour that Yakult can prevent severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

According to the company in Japan, daily sales of Yakult reached 900,000 units in Hong Kong on March 31st, up from about 478,000 on March 24th and 366,000 on March 25th. Sales in April jumped 25% on a year-to-year basis.

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