BUSINESS China sees sharp rise of home appliance sales amid epidemic

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China sees sharp rise of home appliance sales amid epidemic

People's Daily Online

10:48, March 19, 2020

Sales of home appliances in China experienced a sharp rise during the novel coronavirus outbreak.

A woman uses air purifier in her home in Beijing. (People's Daily/Xu Peiyu)

Data from Suning.com, one of the largest electronics appliances retailers and e-commerce platforms in the country, show that the sales of air fryers and electric ovens soared 831 percent and 199 percent in February, respectively, while that of disinfection cabinets and equipment used in central ventilation systems also skyrocketed by 205 percent and 304 percent year on year, respectively.

Other than this, sales of electric hot pot cookers on Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com have surged 140 percent year on year since February.

Online sales volumes pertaining to blenders on All View Cloud, a service provider of big data smart home solutions in China, exceeded 2 billion yuan in January, a year-on-year increase of 26.1 percent.

Meanwhile, air purifiers and home fitness equipment, including electric treadmills and rowing machines are also popular during the special period.

As people have to stay at home, they generate new demand for mini home appliances such as ovens, dish-washing machines and steam mops, said an official with the China Household Electrical Appliance Association.

Statistics show that China’s online retail sales of home appliances hit 366.8 billion yuan in 2019, accounting for 41.2 percent of the total.

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