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China sees robust consumption during Spring Festival holiday

Xinhua | Updated: 2018-02-21 22:43
People buy cold noodles, a typical food of Xi'an, at a Spring Festival Fair in Xi'an, Northwest China's Shaanxi province, Feb 19, 2018. Fairs were held at main scenic spots in Xi'an City to celebrate Spring Festival. (Xinhua/Shao Rui)

BEIJING - Shops and restaurants across China reported robust sales during the week-long Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, data from the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) showed Wednesday.

Sales in the retail and catering sectors reached 926 billion yuan (about $146 billion) during the week, up 10.2 percent from last year's holiday, the MOC said in a statement.

Sales of traditional festival-related goods, green food, jewelry, apparel, household appliances and digital products maintained rapid growth.

Major green food producers in Jiangxi, Qinghai and Shandong provinces saw double-digit sales growth, while major jewelry stores in Shaanxi and Guizhou provinces reported sales increases of 43 percent and 30.6 percent, respectively, compared with last year's holiday.

Dog-themed accessories were most favored by consumers as this year is the Year of Dog in the 12-animal Chinese zodiac.

In the catering market, family dinners on the Lunar New Year's Eve were almost fully booked at some famous restaurants, while it became a fashion for restaurants to work with online platforms to offer delivered dinners or home cooking services.

Consumption in culture and entertainment was also strong, with China's box office raking in 4.6 billion yuan from Feb 16, when the Lunar New Year arrived, to Feb 20, up nearly 60 percent from a year earlier.

The Chinese Lunar New Year is traditionally a time for family gatherings in China. This year's holiday runs from Feb 15 to Feb 21.

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