Online retail sales in East China’s Anhui province totaled 139.27 billion yuan ($20.15 billion) in the first seven months this year, up 5.4 percent from the same period a year earlier, official statistics showed.
The province’s online sales of physical commodities stood at 117.83 billion yuan in the Jan-Jul period, representing a year-on-year increase of 16.9 percent, while online sales of non-physical commodities dropped 31.6 percent to 21.44 billion yuan, according to data from the province’s e-commerce monitoring system.
Hefei, capital of the province, saw the highest online retail sales between January and July, followed by Wuhu, Bozhou and Chuzhou.
Meanwhile, Suzhou, a city in the north of the province, posted a 94.8 percent year-on-year increase in online retail sales. Also among the top five were Bozhou, Wuhu, Fuyang and Tongling.
Household appliances sold online reached 30.46 billion yuan in the Jan-Jul period, followed by food (27.15 billion yuan) and daily necessities (18.6 billion). They accounted for 25.9 percent, 23.0 percent and 15.8 percent of the province’s total online sales of physical commodities, respectively.