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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

North Point fair to offer 4,500 jobs

A job fair will be held at North Point Community Hall on November 27 and 28, with more than 4,500 vacancies on offer to job seekers, the Labour Department announced today.

 

Some 50 organisations will participate in the fair, with half of them setting up booths on-site and conducting on-the-spot recruitment each day.

 

The roles being hired for include occupational therapist, construction apprentice, purchasing clerk, pastry chef, customer services officer, gardener, delivery assistant, park operations and experience ambassador, technician and security guard.

 

Around 64% of the vacancies at the fair are full-time jobs, with most of them offering monthly salaries ranging from $13,000 to $21,000.

 

Among the vacancies, about 91% require a Secondary 5 education level or below, depending on the job, and around 49% are open to people without relevant work experience.

 

The fair will be held from 11am to 5.30pm and admission is free. Job seekers can submit applications on-site and may be selected for on-the-spot interviews.


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