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2014 Chinese New Year sales: Dalian

Photo: Festive decorations at a shopping mall. (Courtesy of Xinhua News Agency)
Festive decorations at a shopping mall.

HKTDC's mainland offices, namely in Beijing, Dalian, Qingdao, Xi'an, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Wuhan, Chongqing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Fuzhou and Shenzhen, made market visits to high-end, mid-high end and mid-range shopping centres in their cities a week after the Chinese New Year to find out how holiday sales have fared this year.

The following is the sales situation of three leading stores in Dalian:




StoreDalian Friendship Shopping Center, main store (department store)Dalian High-tech Park Wanda Plaza
(shopping mall)
Dalian Market
(department store)
GradeHigh-endMid-rangeMid- to low-end
Top-selling itemsFood and men’s wear.Entertainment category (mainly cinema and catering services) has posted better results.Food, clothing and accessories.
Price range

Food products: Rmb1,000- 3,000
Men’s wear: Rmb3,000-5,000

Movies: Rmb60
Catering service: Rmb100

Average spending per customerRmb1,500About Rmb600Rmb500
Year-on-year sales changeUp8%Not available (store opened in 2013).No change.
Sales highlightsAmong food products, sea cucumbers and nutritional tonics sold well.Catering of beverages (notably English tea) achieved outstanding sales.None.
Promotion tacticsSales promotion activities included Chinese New Year sale, lucky draw upon purchase of Rmb1,000, and reward points for purchase. Such offers were publicised through the store’s official account on WeChat, traffic news channel and newspapers.Promotions were targeted at entertainment rather than goods sales, and WeChat and Weibo were the main channels used. For cinemas, catering service and children-related consumption, promotion was mainly in the form of membership discounts.Sales promotions were mainly in the form of free gift certificate upon purchase of Rmb100 and discount offers for selected goods, with TV as the major publicity channel.

Jasmine Lao, Dalian Office

Content provided by Picture: HKTDC Research
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