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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

DC reform meetings held

The Government held exchange meetings on the theme of improving the district governance system and reforming the District Councils (DCs) at the Central Government Offices today.

 

Over 80 Hong Kong Special Administrative Region deputies to the National People's Congress (NPC) and Hong Kong SAR members of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) were there to exchange views on improving the district governance system and supporting the District Council election.

 

Chief Executive John Lee noted that it is the first major citywide election after improving the district governance system and reforming the DCs, and is of particular significance.

 

He said it also marks the final mile for the full implementation of the principle of “patriots administering Hong Kong” in the district governance structure.

 

The Chief Executive also noted that the election is of great significance to the good governance and the long-term stability of the Hong Kong SAR, citizens' well-being and societal harmony.

 

Mr Lee pointed out that the Hong Kong SAR deputies to the NPC and Hong Kong SAR members of the National Committee of the CPPCC, as members of the country's major institutions and the key force dedicated to the country and Hong Kong, can serve as the powerful leading force of “patriots administering Hong Kong”.

 

He appealed to all NPC deputies and CPPCC members to mobilise their respective sectors, organisational members, family and friends to encourage the public to cast their votes on polling day on December 10, so as to elect capable, passionate and competent DC members.

 

Secretary for Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang supplemented that the Government is working closely with the Electoral Affairs Commission on various preparatory works for the election.

 

He said a number of new and down-to-earth publicity campaigns have been launched, including the Night Vibes DC Election activities, around 170 DC Election into the Community events; displays of giant advertisements, banners, buntings and posters in various districts of Hong Kong as well as broadcasts of promotional short videos and television series.

 

Mr Tsang added that the Government will hold District Council Election Fun Day on December 9, the day before the poll. A variety of events will be held across various districts to enhance public awareness and the election's atmosphere.

 

The Chief Executive announced in the 2023 Policy Address the setting up of a liaison mechanism with the NPC deputies and CPPCC members to enhance communication and collaboration with them, including exchanges and meetings on a regular and non-regular basis.


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