According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, in April the total retail sales of consumer goods reached RMB667.3 billion, a year-on-year increase of 15.5 percent.
In terms of different regions, the retail sales of consumer goods in urban areas was RMB452.2 billion, rose by 16.0 percent over the same period of the previous year; that of retail sales at and below the county level achieved RMB215.1 billion, up by 14.6 percent.
In terms of different industries, the retail sales of wholesale and retail trades was RMB566 billion, a year-on-year increase of 15.3 percent; that of hotels and catering services was RMB89.7 billion, up by 18.4 percent; that of other industries was RMB11.6 billion, up by 8.2 percent.
In terms of different commodity categories, the retail sales above designated size of wholesale and retail trades, divided by foodstuff, clothing and utilized commodities increased 22.2, 22.3 and 25.0 percent respectively. Of which, the retail sales for grain and oil was up by 30.1 percent; that of meat, poultry and eggs was up by 29.9 percent; that of clothing, shoes, hats and textiles was up by 22.3 percent; that of cultural and offices appliances rose by 26.8 percent; that of sports and recreation articles rose by 20.6 percent; that of articles for daily use shot up by 23.4 percent; that of household electric appliances and video appliances rose by 13.0 percent; that of furniture was up by 53.3 percent; that of building and decoration materials increased 31.5 percent; that of cosmetics jumped by 24.7 percent; that of gold, silver, and jewelry rose by 30.8 percent; that of telecommunication appliances rose by 6.2 percent; that of automobiles rose by 38.6 percent; and that of petroleum and related products rose by 20.0 percent.
The accumulated total retail sales of consumer goods from January to April reached RMB2.7 trillion, a year-on-year increase of 15.1 percent.