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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

Ingrid Yeung visits Home Affairs Dept

Secretary for the Civil Service Ingrid Yeung today visited the Home Affairs Department to learn about its work and the challenges it faces.

 

Mrs Yeung first met directorate staff who updated her on the department’s work in promoting district governance.

 

She also exchanged views with staff representatives from various grades.

 

The civil service chief visited the divisions responsible for supporting and overseeing the District Services & Community Care Teams, supporting building management, and promoting social enterprises.

 

She received a briefing by frontline staff on their work in co-ordinating with the 452 care teams in various districts to strengthen the support for community work and networks.

 

Mrs Yeung also inspected the offices of the Wan Chai District Council (DC) Secretariat, the Community Affairs Section and the District Management & Administration Section, to get an idea of their work in co-organising community activities and liaison with the DCs.

 

She concluded her visit at the Wan Chai Home Affairs Enquiry Centre which provides general enquiry and free oath or affirmation services for the public.


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