Total Retail Sales of Consumer Goods Went down by 7.5 percent in April 2020
National Bureau of Statistics of China2020-05-18 09:30




In April, the total retail sales of consumer goods reached 2,817.8 billion yuan, down 7.5 percent year on year (the actual decline was 9.1 percent, after deducting the price factor, and the following are nominal growth except for special instructions), with the decrease of 8.3 percentage points over last month. Among them, the retail sales of consumer goods excluding automobiles reached 2,509.5 billion yuan, down 8.3 percent.

                                                                    

From January to April, the total retail sales of consumer goods reached 10,675.8 billion yuan, down 16.2 percent year on year in nominal growth. Among them, the retail sales of consumer goods excluding automobiles reached 9,735.7 billion yuan, down 15.5 percent.

                                                                                       

 

According to the location of business units, in April, the retail sales of urban consumer goods reached 2,455.8 billion yuan, down 7.5 percent year-on-year, 8.4 percentage points lower than that of last month; the retail sales of rural consumer goods reached 362 billion yuan, down 7.7 percent, 7.4 percentage points lower than that of last month. From January to April, the retail sales of urban consumer goods reached 9,241.3 billion yuan, down 16.3 percent year on year; the retail sales of rural consumer goods reached 1,434.5 billion yuan, down 15.4 percent.

 

According to consumption types, the retail sales of goods reached 2,587.1 billion yuan, down 4.6 percent, 7.4 percentage points lower than that of last month; catering revenue was 230.7 billion yuan, down 31.1 percent year on year, 15.7 percentage points lower than that of last month. From January to April, the retail sales of goods reached 9,842.5 billion yuan, down 13.1 percent; catering revenue was 833.3 billion yuan, down 41.2 percent year on year.

 

From January to April, the national online retail sales reached 3,069.8 billion yuan, up 1.7 percent year on year, which was 0.8 percent from January to March. Among them, online retail sales of physical goods reached 2,575.1 billion yuan, an increase 8.6 percent, accounting for the proportion of total retail sales of consumer goods 24.1 percent. Among the online retail sales of physical goods, food and use goods increased respectively by 36.7 and 12.4 percent, while clothing goods decreased by 12 percent.

 

Total Retail Sales of Consumer Goods In April 2020

 

 

 

Item

April

Jan-Apr

 

 

Absolute Value

(100 million yuan)

Y/Y

(%)

Absolute Value

(100 million yuan)

Y/Y

(%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Retail Sales of Consumer Goods

28178

-7.5

106758

-16.2

 

 Of Which: Retail Sales of the Enterprises (units) excluding automobiles

25095

-8.3

97357

-15.5

 

Of Which: Retail Sales of the Enterprises (units) above Designated Size

10588

-3.2

37608

-16.3

 

   Of Which: Online Retail Sales of Physical Goods

- 

- 

25751

8.6

 

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 City

24558

-7.5

92413

-16.3

 

 At and Below County Level

3620

-7.7

14345

-15.4

 

Grouped by Consumption Patterns

 

 

 

 

 

 Catering Services

2307

-31.1

8333

-41.2

 

  Of which: Income of Catering Services of the Enterprises (units) above Designated Size

505

-27.9

1786

-38.6

 

 Retail Sales of Goods

25871

-4.6

98425

-13.1

 

  Of which: Income of Retail Sales of Goods of the Enterprises (units) above Designated Size

10083

-1.5

35822

-14.7

 

   Of which: Grain, Oil, Foodstuff

1154

18.2

4996

13.8

 

Beverages,

166

12.9

635

6.3

 

Tobacco and Liquor

261

7.1

1109

-9.8

 

      Garments, Footwear, Hats, Knitwear

799

-18.5

3057

-29.0

 

      Cosmetics

224

3.5

876

-9.4

 

      Gold, Silver and Jewelry

155

-12.1

583

-32.5

 

      Commodities

471

8.3

1787

-1.2

 

      Household Appliances and AV Equipment

607

-8.5

2002

-24.5

 

      Traditional Chinese and Western Medicines

433

8.6

1644

4.3

 

      Cultural and Office Appliances

261

6.5

923

-0.8

 

      Furniture

115

-5.4

359

-23.1

 

      Communication Appliances

386

12.2

1451

0.1

 

      Petroleum and Related Products

1386

-14.1

4998

-21.1

 

      Automobile

3083

0.0

9400

-22.6

 

      Building and Decoration Materials

129

-5.8

405

-18.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.The growth rate in this table are all nominal growth rate.

2.For parts of data, the total is not equal to the total of sub-items due to round-off.

 

 

Annotations:

 

1. Revision Description

 

According to the results of the fourth national economic census, the total retail sales of consumer goods in 2019 are revised, and the monthly growth rate in 2020 is calculated according to the comparable caliber.

 

2. Explanatory Notes

 

Total Retail Sales of Consumer Goods: refers to the sales of physical commodity or the income of catering services sold or provided by enterprises (units) to individuals, social organizations for non-production and non-operation purposes.

 

Online Retail Sales: refers to the sales of goods and services got through public online trading platform (including self-built websites and third-party platform). Goods and services include physical goods and non-physical goods (such as virtual product, services). 

 

The total retail sales of consumer goods include online retail sales of physical goods, excludes online retail sales of non-physical goods.

 

3. Statistical Coverage

 

The corporate enterprises, industrial activity units or self-employed individuals which retail goods or provide catering services. Enterprises (units) above designated size refer to those wholesale enterprises (units) with an annual revenue from primary business of 20 million yuan and above, those retail enterprises (units) with an annual revenue from primary business of 5 million yuan and above, and those hotel and catering enterprises (units) with an annual revenue from primary business of 2 million yuan and above.

 

As the scope of wholesale and retail enterprises, accommodation and catering enterprises (units) above the designated size changes every year, the same period used to calculate the growth rate of retail sales per unit of consumer goods above the designated size is consistent with the statistical range of enterprises (units) in this period, and there is a caliber difference from the data released last year in order to ensure that the current year's data are comparable with the previous years. The main reasons are as follows: some enterprises (units) reach the designated size and are included in the scope of the investigation every year, at the same time, some enterprises (units) withdraw from the scope of the investigation because their scale is smaller than the designated size, and there are also the effects of newly opened enterprises, bankruptcy, note (revocation) enterprises (units).

 

4. Survey Methods

 

All enterprises (units) above designated size are surveyed, while the data of enterprises (units) below designated size are collected by sampling survey.

 

5. Month-on-Month Figure Revision

 

According to the auto-revision function of the seasonal adjustment model, the growth rate of the total retail sales of consumer goods since April 2019 was revised. The revised figures and figures in April 2020 are as follows:

  

The Month-on-Month Growth Rate

of Total Retail Sales of Consumer Goods

 

Months

Growth Rate (%)

 

 

2019- April

0.81

May

0.43

June

0.79

July

0.40

August

0.53

September

0.63

October

0.39

November

0.64

December

0.48

2020-January

-12.08

February

0.04

March

0.38

April

0.32

 

 

 

 

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