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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

Families make scarves for elderly

At an event hosted by the Education Bureau today, around 360 parents and children made scarves for elderly citizens by stitching crochet squares together.

 

The squares used by participants in the “Positive Parent Campaign Activity Day & Prize Presentation Ceremony” were made during an earlier parent-child activity organised by the bureau, “Warm Stitches, Grateful Hearts.” More than 10,000 crochet squares were submitted by some 3,000 students and parents from over 90 schools.

 

During visits arranged by the bureau, the scarves will be sent to elderly people residing in Tung Wah Group of Hospitals care homes, or to senior citizens living alone.

 

Speaking at the ceremony, Secretary for Education Choi Yuk-lin congratulated parents on creating happy memories through organised parent-child activities, and encouraged them to help their children thrive and shine by fostering a healthy and happy environment for their development. She added that the bureau will continue to promote positive parenting education.

 

At the ceremony, prizes were presented to award-winning schools, students and parents participating in the crochet activities and various parent-child games.


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