February 11, 2019 / 12:44 AM / 5 months ago

China retail earnings up 8.5 pct during new year holiday - ministry

SHANGHAI, Feb 11 (Reuters) - China’s retailer and catering enterprises earned over 1 trillion yuan ($148.3 billion) during the Lunar New Year holiday, defying an economic slump to rise 8.5 percent from last year, the country’s commerce ministry said late on Sunday.

The increase was down to the rapid growth in sales of new-year gifts, traditional foods, electronic products and local speciality products over a six-day holiday period ending on Saturday, the Ministry of Commerce said in a notice on its website.

Domestic tourism during the new year break generated total revenues of 513.9 billion yuan, up 8.2 percent on the year, with the number of trips rising 7.6 percent to 415 million, the official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday, citing official data. ($1 = 6.7426 yuan) (Reporting by David Stanway; Editing by Stephen Coates)

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