China News Brief
    January 23, 2024

    China's spring festival travel boom, Arc'teryx's new Shanghai flagship and Burberry's winter wonderland pop-up
    China's auto exports surge, with NEV makers like BYD leading the way

    Chinese online retail booms, hits 15.42 trillion yuan #

    China's Ministry of Commerce reports a robust 11 percent growth  in online retail sales in 2023, reaching 15.42 trillion yuan ($2.41 trillion), maintaining its position as the world's largest online retail market for the 11th consecutive year. This growth is driven by a surge in the sale of green, healthy, and smart domestic products, with home consumption policies spurring significant increases in categories like elderly-friendly furniture and home theaters.

    Arc'teryx Museum: A New Retail Experience in Shanghai #

    Arc'teryx debuts the world's largest original ecological experiential flagship store, the "Arc'teryx Museum,"  on Shanghai's Nanjing West Road. This innovative space, inspired by Vancouver's coastal mountains, offers customers a unique, multi-level shopping experience and free clothing maintenance at the Arc'teryx ReGEAR area, blending outdoor adventure with urban retail.

    Spring Festival Sparks Travel Surge Across China #

    Travel company Fliggy's data  anticipates a vibrant Spring Festival travel season in China, with a notable shift from traditional hometown visits to exploring urban and rural destinations. Chinese tourists are booking trips to Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and beyond, showcasing a significant increase in travel and accommodation bookings compared to previous years.

    Europe Becomes Hotspot for Chinese Travelers During Spring Festival #

    Qunar's Spring Festival report  reveals a burgeoning interest in deep exploration of Europe among Chinese outbound tourists, with flight numbers nearing pre-pandemic levels. Countries like France, Italy, Germany, and along the "Belt and Road" route are witnessing a surge in travel bookings, with the United Arab Emirates and Egypt emerging as popular destinations.

    Dior Launches Pioneering Haute Couture Men's Collection #

    Dior introduces its first haute couture men's collection , a groundbreaking 20-outfit series for the 2024 winter season, aimed at expanding its haute couture audience. Chinese ambassador Wang Junkai's attendance and the collection's 100 million Weibo topic readings underscore Dior's influential reach and innovative direction.

    Burberry Unveils Kite-Themed Pop-up in Chongli's Winter Wonderland#

    Burberry opens a kite-themed pop-up boutique in Chongli's skiing paradise , operational from January 10th to March 26th. This seasonal boutique, celebrating the Lunar New Year with its 2024 collection, combines British charm with kite motifs, offering an array of clothing and accessories in auspicious hues, complemented by Norman's Café serving classic British dishes.

    LVMH's Front Row Presence at Schiaparelli Sparks Acquisition Rumors #

    The presence of LVMH executives Sidney Toledano and Michael Burke at Schiaparelli's Autumn-Winter 2024 show fuels speculation of a potential acquisition,  following rumors of owner Diego Della Valle considering a sale. Schiaparelli's esteemed legacy and recent buzz make it a compelling addition to LVMH's portfolio, although official statements remain focused on admiration for the show's design prowess.

    British Retail Sales Dip, Economic Concerns Loom #

    The UK sees its largest retail sales drop in nearly three years this December, a 3.2 percent decline  signaling potential recessionary pressures. Despite this downturn, driven by early holiday shopping and economic challenges, a rebound is anticipated in 2024 as market conditions gradually improve, though retailers face a cautious recovery path.

    China's Automobile Exports Hit Record, NEVs Lead the Surge #

    China's automobile exports reached a historic 4.91 million vehicles  in 2023, bolstered by a staggering 77.6 percent increase in new energy vehicle (NEV) exports, totaling 1.203 million units. This surge, highlighted by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, underscores China's pivotal role in the global auto industry, with top manufacturers like SAIC Motor Group and BYD Co., Ltd. driving the momentum.