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Ministry of Commerce issued a report: physical retail is now structural recovery

On 3rd July, the Ministry of Commerce promulgated the “China Retail Industry Development Report (2016/2017)” (hereinafter referred to as the “Report”), display 2016 China’s retail industry development comprehensively, analyzing the industry development environment, pointing out the industry problems, predicting the future development trend.

According to the Ministry of Commerce typical retail enterprise statistics, by the end of 2016, the number of China’s retail business units has been 18.1191 million, an increase of 5.2%. Among them, the number of corporate units is 2.4483 million, an increase of 28%, accounting for 13.5% of the total operating units, promoting 2.4 percentage points over the previous year; the number of individual industrial and commercial households is 15.6780 million, an increase of 2.4%, accounting for 86.5% of all operating units .

Report “shows that by the end of 2016, The total of China’s retail business units is 18,119,100, an increase of 5.2%. Annual retail sales is nearly 29.7 trillion RMB, an increase of 10.4%, the overall level of debt decreased slightly, the scale of corporate profits rose slightly, the industry labor efficiency increased slightly. Convenience stores, shopping malls, supermarkets sales grew rapidly, the growth rate was 7.7%, 7.4% and 6.7%. Since the second half of 2016, super retail units sales have improved significantly, physical retail is now structural recovery.

According to the statistics of the typical retail enterprises of the Ministry of Commerce, by the end of 2016, there were 57.0972 million employees in China’s retail industry, up by 4.8% over the same period of last year. Among them, the number of employees in the corporate units was 17.3617 million, an increase of 7.9%, accounting for 30.4% of total employment, an increase of 0.9 percentage points over the previous year; the number of individual industrial and commercial households was 39.755 million, an increase of 3.5%. 2016 retail employment increased by 2.5998 million, of which the number of corporate employment units increased by 1.2685 million.

“Report” shows that the development of the retail industry is still facing a series of challenges, the development of commercial network is not balanced, structural surplus, inadequate facilities and other issues still exist, retail enterprise logistics costs, rental costs, labor costs has been rising, Driven development decision-making pattern has not yet formed, the retail market fair rule need to be further optimized, the traditional retail business model innovation and transformation need to be strengthened.


“Report” pointed out that in 2017, China macroeconomic situation has improved significantly, the policy is increasingly perfect, the Internet, large data, cloud computing and other information technology applications are more common, the consumer demand of residents changes rapidly, giving birth to new models of new retail industry. Especially the new policy of “Opinions about promoting entity retail innovation transformation” ,pointing the direction of the transformation of solid retail innovation, creating a good environment. In 2017, the retail enterprise online and offline all-round integration, socialization scene diversified consumption scenarios, multi-format collaboration to provide one-stop aggregation services, intelligent and efficient supply chain system features are increasingly obvious.


From “report” view Comprehensively, the retail industry in 2017 will continue to maintain a steady and rapid development trend, quality, efficiency and service levels will continue to improve.

Post time: Jul-11-2017


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