BEIJING, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan said Saturday that the structure of China's consumption has kept improving as consumption contributes more to economic growth.
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Consumption of services grew faster than that of goods, with its share rising to 49.5 percent last year, a sign of improved consumption structure, Zhong told a news conference on the sidelines of the annual legislative session.
The quality of consumption has also become better with personalized, diversified and customized consumption burgeoning, he said.
Despite a narrowed growth rate in China's total retail sales last year, the increment amounted to 3.2 trillion yuan ($476 billion), equivalent to the annual retail sales in 1998, Zhong said.
"China is already a major consumption power," he said.
Last year, consumption contributed 76.2 percent to economic growth, remaining the primary driver of economic growth, he said.
China will promote the development of a robust domestic market this year, with measures focusing on unleashing the potential of both urban and rural consumption and promoting spending on services such as elderly care, the minister said.