Ru­ral Chi­nese sur­pass ur­ban­ites in on­line pur­chases

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Re­tail pur­chases by China’s ru­ral res­i­dents out­paced that of ur­ban dwellers in the sec­ond quar­ter, of­fi­cial data showed.

In the first six months, on­line re­tail sales to ru­ral res­i­dents ex­ceeded $46.9 bil­lion, Shen Danyang, spokesperson for the Min­istry of Com­merce, said at a press brief­ing. Ru­ral on­line re­tail sales re­mark­ably out­stripped ur­ban sales, he added.

Data showed that in the sec­ond quar­ter ru­ral on­line sales grew by 13.48 per­cent from the first quar­ter. The growth rate was at least 4 per­cent­age points higher than the growth in sales to ur­ban res­i­dents.

In the first six months, pur­chases by ru­ral res­i­dents ac­counted for 14.14 per­cent of the coun­try’s to­tal on­line sales.

Ru­ral res­i­dents spent most of their money on cloth­ing, shoes, home im­prove­ment and dig­i­tal gadgets.

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