Total Retail Sales of Consumer Goods Went Up by 2.5 percent from January to August 2021
National Bureau of Statistics of China2021-09-16 10:00




In August, the total retail sales of social consumer goods was 3,439.5 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 2.5 percent, an increase of 3.0 percent over August 2019. Among them, the retail sales of consumer goods other than automobiles reached 3,111.5 billion yuan, an increase of 3.6 percent. Excluding price factors, the total retail sales of social consumer goods actually increased by 0.9 percent in August.

                                                                    

From January to August, the total retail sales of social consumer goods was 28,122.4 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 18.1 percent, an increase of 8.0 percent over January to August 2019. Among them, the retail sales of consumer goods other than automobiles reached 25,273.9 billion yuan, an increase of 17.8 percent.

 

                                                                                 

According to the location of business units, in August, the retail sales of urban consumer goods reached 2,995 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 2.3 percent; the retail sales of rural consumer goods reached 444.5 billion yuan, an increase of 3.4 percent. From January to August, the retail sales of urban consumer goods reached 24,442.6 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 18.3 percent; the retail sales of rural consumer goods reached 3,679.8 billion yuan, an increase of 17.2 percent.

 

By consumption type, in August, the retail sales of goods reached 3,093.9 billion yuan, an increase of 3.3 percent year-on-year; catering revenue was 345.6 billion yuan, a year-on-year decrease of 4.5 percent. From January to August, retail sales of goods reached 25,230.5 billion yuan, up 16.5 percent year-on-year; catering revenue was 2,891.9 billion yuan, an increase of 34.4 percent.

 

 

From January to August, the national online retail sales reached 8,122.7 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 19.7 percent. Among them, the online retail sales of physical goods reached 6,634 billion yuan, an increase of 15.9 percent, accounting for 23.6 percent of the total retail sales of social consumer goods; Among the online retail sales of physical goods, food, clothing and consumer goods increased by 22.4, 19.4 and 14.2 percent respectively.

 

Total Retail Sales of Consumer Goods in August 2021

 

 

 

 

tem

August

Jan-Aug

Absolute Value

(100 million yuan)

Y/Y

(%)

Absolute Value

(100 million yuan)

Y/Y

(%)

 

 

 

 

 

Total Retail Sales of Consumer Goods

34395

2.5

281224

18.1

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

31115

3.6

252739

17.8

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

12342

0.5

103568

20.3

   Of Which: Online Retail Sales of Physical Goods

-

-

66340

15.9

Grouped by Different Areas

 

 

 

 

 City

29950

2.3

244426

18.3

 At and Below County Level

4445

3.4

36798

17.2

Grouped by Consumption Patterns

 

 

 

 

 Catering Services

3456

-4.5

28919

34.4

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

785

-4.2

6632

40.2

 Retail Sales of Goods

30939

3.3

252305

16.5

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

11557

0.8

96937

19.2

   Of which: Grain, Oil, Foodstuff

1287

9.5

10563

10.5

Beverages,

232

11.8

1819

25.6

Tobacco and Liquor

349

14.4

2939

27.6

      Garments, Footwear, Hats, Knitwear

900

-6.0

8565

24.8

      Cosmetics

294

0.0

2462

20.0

      Gold, Silver and Jewelry

250

7.4

1980

45.0

      Commodities

562

-0.2

4672

18.3

      Household Appliances and AV Equipment

677

-5.0

5830

14.4

      Traditional Chinese and Western Medicines

464

10.2

3688

10.8

      Cultural and Office Appliances

347

20.4

2479

21.5

      Furniture

137

6.7

1053

23.7

      Communication Appliances

410

-14.9

3800

16.8

      Petroleum and Related Products

1684

13.1

13066

20.7

      Automobile

3280

-7.4

28486

20.1

      Building and Decoration Materials

162

13.5

1201

26.8

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: 1. The growth rate in this table are all nominal growth rate without deducting the price factor. 

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

               

 

Annotations:

 

1. 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.

 

2. 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).

 

3. Survey Methods

 

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

 

4. 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 August 2020 was revised. The revised figures and figures are as follows:

  

The Month-on-Month Growth Rate

of Total Retail Sales of Consumer Goods

 

Months

Growth Rate (%)

 

 

2020-August

0.63

September

3.02

October

0.20

November

1.12

December

0.82

2021-January

-0.17

February

0.81

March

0.74

April

0.05

May

0.65

June

0.49

July

-0.19

August

0.17

 

 

 

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