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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

Testing compliance check ends

The Government today said a joint enforcement operation on a compulsory testing notice for a building in To Kwa Wan has been completed.   About 185 people were found to have violated the notice.   The notice covered Mei King Mansion Phase I, 21-39P Lok Shan Road/2-28 Mei King Street.   The enforcement action was conducted from around 7.40am to around noon by the Kowloon City District Office, together with Police, the Centre for Health Protection and the Auxiliary Medical Service.   Around 1,480 residents' test records were checked during the operation.   Noting that the enforcement process may cause inconvenience to residents, the Government appealed for their understanding as the operation was conducted to stop the spread of COVID-19.
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