China’s Retail Sales Improved in December: What Does It Mean?
China’s retail sales
On a year-over-year basis, China’s retail sales showed strong recovery in December 2016, according to the National Bureau of Statistics of China. The country’s retail sales rose 10.9% in December 2016 compared to a 10.8% rise in November. This reading was above the market expectations of a 10.7% rise, and it was the highest since January 2016.
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Building material sales rose 10.2%, furniture sales rose 9.9%, home appliance sales rose 9.5%, telecommunications sales rose 8.0%, personal care sales rose 13.9%, automobile sales rose 13.1%, and cosmetics sales rose 11% in December 2016.
The sales improvements in different sectors signify that consumer sentiment is improving. After the slowdown in economic activity in China (FXI) (YINN) (ASHR), the economy is going through a transitional phase. From a manufacturing hub, it’s transitioning to a consumer-based economy. Consumerism will play a large role in the country’s future economic growth.
Consumption patterns are changing in China’s economy. Chinese consumers (MCHI) are becoming more selective toward the products and services that they use. As China is one of the world’s (ACWI) (VT) most important economies, improvement in its growth drivers could aid the global economy.
In the next part of this series, we’ll analyze China’s industrial production in December 2016.