China's Zhejiang sees surging online retail sales

HANGZHOU, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Zhejiang Province, an e-commerce heartland and foreign trade hub in east China, reported a robust increase in both online retail sales and cross-border e-commerce trade last year.

The online retail sales of the province in 2020 exceeded 2.26 trillion yuan (about 350 billion U.S. dollars), up 14.3 percent from the previous year, data from the provincial department of commerce showed.

Residents in the province spent 1.11 trillion yuan on online shopping last year, up 10.9 percent compared with 2019.

Clothes, shoes and bags, home decorations, as well as computer, communication and consumer electronics ranked the top categories in terms of online sales.

In 2020, the province saw its cross-border online retail exports reach 102.3 billion yuan, up 31.6 percent from the previous year.

The province will provide more convenience and better services for the development of cross-border e-commerce, said Sheng Qiuping, director of the department.

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