China news and analysis

08 August 2022
Dairy Farm International reported total revenue of USD 18,511mn, increased by 1%, and operating profit of USD 76mn, decreased by 37%, year-over-year in H1. It should keep improving sales and profitability, especially in food grocery retail, which suffered the most from COVID-19 impacts in the region. Sales normalizing in supermarket   Excluding the sales from non-grocery, associates and j...
05 August 2022
With the rise in consumer interest in health and wellness driven by the pandemic, Watsons in China announced the launch of a Health Care zone that offers a range of healthcare products and services online and in stores. The Health Care zone provides a seamless O+O (Offline plus Online) shopping experience Along with launching online, the Health Care zones will feature in over 1,200 stores...
14 July 2022
Freshippo Outlet, a new discount format, offers shoppers daily great deals on quality fresh foods and helps reduce the group's food waste. Optimising profitability by reducing food waste According to Alibaba's full fiscal year 2022 report, the growth of direct retail business has impacted its profit earning. Optimizing its operation cost efficiency is crucial for long-term sustainability,...
27 June 2022
From social shopping to a metaverse mall, we highlight five new initiatives and innovations debuted to inspire shoppers and help merchants during this big shopping festival. Inspiring by innovation and new user experience Alibaba’s Taobao unveiled a “Metaverse Mall” in the festival where shoppers were able to use a mobile phone to guide their avatars and do virtual reality shoppin...
27 June 2022
This year the 618 shopping festival generated a total sales revenue of RMB 695.9bn (USD 103.8bn) through ecommerce channels (excluded quick commerce and community group buying), reports Syntun. This is an increase of 20.3% year-on-year, but down 6.2% compared to the previous year's 26.5% sales growth. Besides driving sales through slashing prices and discount coupons, what significant findings...
21 June 2022
Our latest research reveals that Walmart’s revenue is set to reach almost $750 bn by 2027. Between 2021 and 2027 it is expected to grow by 4.7% on a CAGR basis, reaching $747.6 bn. $180 bn growth opportunity Our new report Strategic outlook for Walmart , reveals that Walmart’s growth will be led by its operations in the USA, India and Mexico. Over recent years the retailer has recast i...
06 June 2022
JD.com achieved double-digit revenue growth, while Alibaba maintained a significantly stronger operating margin. Performance highlights Revenue Alibaba’s Q4 results (three months ending 31st March 2022) reported revenue of RMB 204bn (US$ 32.2bn), up 9.0% year-over-year, but down 15.9% on the previous quarter. Over a third of this was driven by direct sales, including through Fresh...
27 May 2022
While most retailers have seen inflation benefit their top line in their latest quarterly performances, many have seen their profitability dip. Unable to pass on the full impact of higher costs to customers, or reduce costs in other parts of their business given the rapid run-up in inflation this year, margins have been impacted. But Costco has fared better. We look at how it outperformed its pee...
17 May 2022
Despite a solid sales performance in the first quarter, against tough comparables, Walmart saw a sharp hit on profitability due to higher costs. We look at the impact on its performance and its updated outlook for the year. Walmart's Q1 key numbers Walmart's total revenue in Q1 increased by 2.4% to $141.6bn, representing an additional $3.3bn Sales in its US stores increased by 4.0%, w...
13 May 2022
Retailers and suppliers are taking small steps to invest in the metaverse in Asia. Get up to speed with the developments through this article and our report here . Indonesia: Alfamart convenience investing in the metaverse Alfamart is collaborating with an AR/VR company to bring the relevant technology to the business. Alfamart and WIR Group have been working together since 2015...