The grim performance of Hong Kong’s retail sales continued in June, producing the worst first-half showing since 2009.
The government’s monthly statistics released yesterday showed that sales revenue declined in June for the fifth month in a row, dragged down by a continued plunge in demand for luxury goods.
An economist said he expected the woes in the sector to continue amid President Xi Jinping’s anti-graft drive on the mainland.
Total retail sales in June decreased by 6.9 per cent year on year to HK$37.1 billion. That was a larger decline than in May, when sales dropped 3.9 per cent from a year ago.
The value of sales of jewellery, timepieces and valuable gifts decreased 28.2 per cent in June from the same period last year. Sales of commodities in department stores dropped 3.6 per cent from a year ago. Read more.