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Jan retail sales up 0.9%

The value of total retail sales in January, provisionally estimated at $36.5 billion, rose 0.9% compared with the same month in 2023, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   After netting out the effect of price changes over the same period, the provisional estimate represents a 1.2% year-on-year decrease.   Of the total retail sales value in January, online sales accounted for 6.5%. Provisionally estimated at $2.4 billion, the value of this segment went down by 20.9% compared with a year earlier.   Noting that retail sales tend to show greater volatility in the first two months of a year due to the timing of the Lunar New Year, the department said the year-on-year comparison of the figures might have been affected to a certain extent.   The value of sales of jewellery, watches and clocks, and valuable gifts increased 25.2% compared with January 2023.   Increases were also recorded in the sales of other consumer goods not elsewhere classified (up 7

Jordan food premises checked

The Food & Environmental Hygiene Department and Police took stringent enforcement action in the vicinity of Wai Ching Street in Jordan last night.   They inspected 13 catering premises, including six which were subjects of complaints. All the premises were not in operation.   The department said according to the current directions issued by the Secretary for Food & Health in relation to catering businesses under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business & Premises) Regulation (Cap 599F), catering business operators must strictly comply with a series of requirements and restrictions.   Under the requirements and restrictions, a person responsible for carrying on a catering business must cease selling or supplying food or drink for consumption on the business premises from 6pm to 4.59am of the subsequent day. Additionally, no more than two people may be seated together at one table within any catering premises.   The poster containing the "LeaveHomeSafe" QR code must also be displayed at the entrance of the premises or at a conspicuous location.   If a person responsible for carrying on a catering business or scheduled premises contravenes the regulations, they face a maximum fine of $50,000 and six months' imprisonment.   The department said it will continue to step up enforcement action and publicity efforts and conduct joint operations with Police to ensure compliance with relevant regulations.
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