By Inside Retail Asia
Hong Kong retailers will be looking to the territory’s Consumption Voucher Scheme to help restore sales as the city’s borders remain closed to Mainland Chinese and other visitors due to the pandemic.
Under the voucher scheme, about 5.5 million eligible Hong Kong residents are being issued with electronic vouchers to spend in retail stores in a bid to kick-start the retail sector. The first vouchers, valued at HKD2000 (US$257), were issued at the weekend via the Octopus platform while consumers registered with Alipay, Tap-and-Go or WeChat will have the funds transferred directly into their accounts. A further HKD2000 will be issued from October 1 and the final HKD1000 several weeks later.
Data from the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) released today shows the value of Hong Kong retail sales in June were ahead of the same month last year by just 58 per cent. That follows a revised estimate of May’s sales, up by 10.4 per cent.
For the first half of the calendar year, Hong Kong retail sales were up by 8.4 per cent year on year.
A government spokesman said June’s figures showed sales continued to increase as consumption demand revived further, alongside a stabilisation of the pandemic locally, and improved labour market situations.
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