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China's rural e-commerce registers rapid growth

Aug 13. 2019
A Chinese mobile phone user browses online shopping siteTaobao.com, a part of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, on his smartphone during the Taobao & Tmall 11.11 Global Shopping Festival in Ji’nan, East China's Shandong province. (Photo: IC)
A Chinese mobile phone user browses online shopping siteTaobao.com, a part of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, on his smartphone during the Taobao & Tmall 11.11 Global Shopping Festival in Ji’nan, East China's Shandong province. (Photo: IC)
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By CHINA DAILY
ASIA NEWS NETWORK
BEIJING

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The e-commerce sector grew rapidly in China’s rural areas in the first half of 2019, official data shows.

Online retail sales in rural areas totalled 777.1 billion yuan (Bt3,394 billion) over this period, according to a statement from the Ministry of Commerce.

The reading, surging 21 per cent year-on-year, was 3.2 percentage points higher than the nationwide growth rate.

Meanwhile, online retail sales of agricultural products also saw a notable increase, with sales hitting 187.4 billion yuan, up 25.3 per cent from one year earlier.

Snacks were the most popular agricultural products, accounting for 25.8 per cent of the total sales, followed by tea products and nourishing foods, the statement said.

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