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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

No virus case in restricted area

The Government announced that the compulsory testing exercise and enforcement operation for the restricted area in Ap Lei Chau finished today with no confirmed COVID-19 cases found.   It exercised the power under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation on April 23 to make a restriction-testing declaration to require people within the specified restricted area at Block 10, Yee Lai Court, South Horizons to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing.   The Government also issued a compulsory testing notice to those who had been present at the building for more than two hours from April 10 to 23 to undergo mandatory testing by April 25 even if they were not at the building when the declaration took effect.   Around 950 residents were tested.   The Government then checked about 260 people’s test records during the enforcement operation at the building. Nobody was found to have not undergone compulsory testing.   It also assigned staff to visit around 330 households in the building, of which about 30 households did not answer the door. Those residents are urged to contact the Government to arrange testing as soon as possible.
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