Chinese e-commerce market to reach US$3.3 trillion by 2025
The world’s largest e-commerce market is about to get bigger.
According to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, China’s e-commerce market will reach $3.3 trillion in 2025.
As consumers increasingly shift from offline to online, it predicts growth of 17.2 percent in 2021. Likewise, between 2021 to 2025, the size of the e-commerce market is expected to grow at a strong compound annual growth rate of 11.6 percent.
Although the Covid-19 crisis has led to a slump in overall consumer spending, it has resulted in growth in e-commerce purchases.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has further driven e-commerce activities in the country, as concerned consumers are increasingly using online channel for their purchases to avoid getting exposed to disease vectors, a trend that is expected to continue even beyond the pandemic,” said Ravi Sharma, Banking and Payments Lead Analyst at GlobalData.
The growth of Chinese e-commerce has been supported by high Internet and smartphone penetration, increasing consumer confidence in online shopping, and the emergence of e-commerce platforms, in recent years.
Alternative payment solutions including Alipay and WeChat Pay (including Tenpay) have been the major beneficiary of rising e-commerce purchases.
“Chinese e-commerce market has been on a rise during the last five years. A significant rise in consumer preference for online channels during the pandemic coupled with proliferation of online payment tools and emergence of new e-commerce formats will further drive e-commerce growth in China,” added Sharma.
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