The gauges measure operations for those businesses on a scale of 0 to 100, in which 50 is the dividing line between improving and deteriorating conditions, with sub-gauges that include manager expectations and the overall business environment, the Ministry of Commerce said in a statement.
It will publish the data in the first month of each quarter
to reflect activity in the prior three-month period. "As
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The new readings show the government pushing ahead with efforts to track to consumption, which is increasingly replacing smokestack industries as the dominant economic driver. Consumption contributed 77.2% to economic expansion in the first quarter, up from 64.6% the prior year, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics.
The mall index covers 58 cities in 26 provinces, while the convenience store indicator is compiled from surveys conducted in more than 30 cities, the ministry said in its statement.
The ministry has contracted with the China Chain Store and Franchise Association, a Beijing-based industry group, to compile the index, Sun said. The organization has more than 1 000 members with 300 000 outlets, according to its website.
Sun said the convenience store index indicated rapid
expansion with a 72.2 reading for the last quarter, though he didn’t provide
any historical comparisons. Cities such as Shenzhen,
The ministry didn’t release first quarter data for malls. It said it will publish that reading and both second-quarter indicators next month.
"The gauges will provide more information and help us
understand the economy better," said Zhao Hongyan, Hong Kong-based
"Consumption has been a new growth driver, and it has been steady. We hope that it can be a more important pillar of the economy."