In 2019, the total retail sales of consumer goods in China reached 41,164.9 billion yuan (US$6,010 bn), up by 8.0% year-on-year (nominal growth rate). The real growth rate was 6.0%. Of the total, the retail sales of consumer goods excluding automobiles reached 37,226.0 billion yuan, with an increase of 9.0%.
The retail sales of consumer goods in urban areas was 35,131.7 billion yuan (US$5,129 bn) in 2019, up by 7.9% year-on-year while that in rural areas was 6,033.2 billion yuan (US$881 bn), up by 9.0% year-on-year.
The catering services in 2019 gained 4,672.1 billion yuan (US$682 bn), up by 9.4% year-on-year.
In 2019, the retail sales of supermarkets, department stores, specialty stores, and specialty stores in the retail sector above designated size increased by 6.5%, 1.4%, 3.2%, and 1.5% respectively over the previous year.
In 2019, China’s online retail sales reached 10,632.4 billion yuan (US$1,552 bn), an increase of 16.5% over the previous year.
Among them, the online retail sales of physical goods reached 8,523.9 billion yuan, an increase of 19.5%, accounting for 20.7 percent of the total retail sales of social consumer goods; among the online retail sales of physical goods, food, clothing, and other consumer goods increased by 30.9%, 15.4%, and 19.8% respectively.
Breakdown of Total Retail Sales of Consumer Goods in China: Dec vs. 2019
|Item||Abs value in Dec
(100 mn yuan)
|Abs Value in 2019
(100 mn yuan)
|Total Retail Sales of Consumer Goods||38777||8||411649||8|
|Of Which: Retail Sales of the Enterprises (units) excluding automobiles||34349||8.9||372260||9|
|Of Which: Retail Sales of the Enterprises (units) above Designated Size||15338||4.4||148010||3.9|
|Of Which: Online Retail Sales of Physical Goods||–||–||85239||19.5|
|Grouped by Different Areas|
|At and Below County Level||6073||9.1||60332||9|
|Grouped by Consumption Patterns|
|Of which: Income of Catering Services of the Enterprises (units) above Designated Size||914||6.1||9445||7.1|
|Retail Sales of Goods||33952||7.9||364928||7.9|
|Of which: Income of Retail Sales of Goods of the Enterprises (units) above Designated Size||14424||4.3||138565||3.7|
|Of which: Grain, Oil, Foodstuff||1465||9.7||14525||10.2|
|Tobacco and Liquor||411||12.5||3913||7.4|
|Garments, Footwear, Hats, Knitwear||1490||1.9||13517||2.9|
|Gold, Silver and Jewelry||268||3.7||2606||0.4|
|Household Appliances and AV Equipment||930||2.7||9139||5.6|
|Traditional Chinese and Western Medicines||581||8.2||5907||9|
|Cultural and Office Appliances||333||-11.5||3228||3.3|
|Petroleum and Related Products||1815||4||20042||1.2|
|Building and Decoration Materials||227||0.6||2061||2.8|
The turnover of post services totaled 1,623.0 billion yuan, up by 31.5 percent over the previous year.
In 2019, the number of mail delivery was 2.17 billion; that of parcel delivery was 20 million, and that of express delivery was 63.52 billion with revenue reaching 749.8 billion yuan.