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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

CS receives DC work reports

Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki today chaired the second meeting of the Steering Committee on District Governance, in which he received the work reports on the first meetings of the seventh-term District Councils (DCs) at the 18 districts.


The steering committee also formulated strategies at the meeting to address people's concerns at the district level.


The seventh-term DCs took office on January 1. Mr Chan was pleased to learn that all the DCs promptly held meetings in the first week after taking office and achieved outcomes.


These include establishing committees and working groups in different areas, establishing arrangements of the Meet the Public Scheme, conducting research into issues of district concern, as well as carrying out caring activities and district clean-ups before the Lunar New Year.


The DCs have also decided to organise activities to boost the local economy and set up distinctive landmarks with local characteristics.


Mr Chan said the Government and the public at large have high expectations for the DCs, with a view to jointly translating the institutional strengths of “patriots administering Hong Kong” into effective governance and opening a new chapter in district governance.


He stressed that the District Officers in the 18 districts, as the Chairmen of the new-term DCs, should lead the DCs to fully perform their consultative and service functions.


Meanwhile, all 18 DCs should keep district issues close to their hearts, understand people's most imminent concerns and take concrete actions for their wellbeing, Mr Chan added.


During the meeting, the steering committee also followed up on the work progress of the five previously identified district issues and discussed two new ones - enhancing the walking experience for citizens and creating a pedestrian-friendly environment; and improving the environment of public housing estates and creating comfortable homes.


The Task Force on District Governance will formulate implementation details accordingly.

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