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China’s Consumer Market Evolution

The link between China’s consumer market and GDP growth is profound. ALGLORY’s analysis reveals cumulative retail sales exceeding $3 trillion since 2014, with consistent double-digit growth until 2020. Despite pandemic setbacks, a resurgence since April 2020 reaffirms China’s status as the second-largest consumer market, poised to surpass the U.S.

Consumer Power and Market Dynamics

Despite a growing middle class, China’s GDP per capita and consumer spending power remain below global averages. The market is notably fragmented across regions, age groups, and demographics.

Growth and Challenges

China’s 2019 per capita GDP reached $10,000, yet it lags behind major developed countries. The retail landscape combines online and offline channels, with online sales doubling from 10.7% to 24.9% from 2015 to 2020, surpassing Europe and North America in e-commerce volume.

Imported Goods and E-commerce Potential

While Chinese demand for imports grows, the market’s share of imported goods remains modest compared to developed nations. E-commerce platforms offer an entry point for foreign businesses, enhancing product quality and diversity. We recommend cross-border e-commerce for SME exporters.

Economic Challenges and Market Outlook

Acknowledging China’s economic challenges, including high debt and an aging population[1], is vital. Urbanization may constrain future consumption growth due to rising costs for younger generations. However, market forecasts, like McKinsey’s Global Institute Report[2], remain optimistic, citing rising incomes, intergenerational wealth transfers, and robust consumer dynamics that will sustain China’s vibrant consumer market.

[1] Practical Geriatrics Volume 35, Number 1, Jan. 20, 2021/Page 1

[2] China and the World-by McKinsey Global Institute Page 99.