China Daily

GROWTH IN SPENDING

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Consumer spending during the Lunar New Year holiday from Feb 11-18 surged nationwide, according to statistics from the Ministry of Commerce. The combined sales of retail and catering enterprise­s in China rose 28.7 percent year-on-year to 821 billion yuan ($127.5 billion) during the holiday, data from the ministry showed. Online catering sales rose 135 percent compared with the holiday last year as more Chinese people ordered ready-to-eat meals through e-commerce or online food delivery platforms.

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