China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS / DIGEST - WU CHANGQING

PHOTO BY / FOR CHINA DAILY Mod­els show handy hold­ers at the Macworld iWorld Asia 2013, which is a dis­play plat­form for Ap­ple pe­riph­eral prod­ucts and ac­ces­sories. The four-day expo ended on Sun­day at the Bei­jing National Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. More than 500 com­pa­nies took part and launched al­most 100 new prod­ucts. place of the Ge­nius Bar, and em­ploy­ees look trim and neat in black polo shirts in­stead of Ap­ple’s blue T-shirts. The re­tail out­lets are part of a strat­egy to over­take Samsung in the world’s big­gest smart­phone mar­ket, of­fer­ing a range of de­vices in an en­vi­ron­ment starkly dif­fer­ent from the typ­i­cal Chi­nese elec­tron­ics bazaar. a 24.2 per­cent quar­ter-to-quar­ter in­crease, and a 45.3 per­cent year-on-year in­crease, ac­cord­ing to a re­search re­port re­leased by iRe­search, China’s lead­ing In­ter­net in­dus­try re­search com­pany. Ac­cord­ing to the National Bureau of Statis­tics, to­tal re­tail sales amounted to 6.03 tril­lion yuan na­tion­wide in the pe­riod.

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