Blog: Showing off
Leonie Barrie | 23 March 2004
More Chinese numbers I’m afraid, but given the pace of growth in the country’s economy – and the attention it’s receiving from the apparel sector just now – perhaps this isn’t surprising. News is out that China’s retail sales in January-February were 10.5 per cent higher than the same period of 2002, a figure that falls just short of the 2½ year high of 10.9 per cent growth that was recorded in December 2003. One of the catalysts for this rise, consumer lending, rose 509 billion yuan ($61 billion) in China last year, 38 per cent more than in 2002.
It’s probably not unexpected that various shows are already springing up to take advantage of this consumer boom. But unlike the shows I’m used to, which are highly targeted to a particular end-use, some seem to take the approach that one size fits all. How about the China International Consumer Goods Fair which has just come to my attention.
It’s only scheduled over 5 days, from 8 to 12 June, 2004, but given the range of products on show in the 90,000 m² stadium, 5 months would perhaps be a better bet. Exhibits include household textiles, garments, office supplies, clocks and watches, glasses, musical instruments, shoes, garden equipment, motorbike home electric appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines, lights and light fittings, videos and audio products, kitchenware, art and crafts, cereals, oil and foodstuffs.
I was going to include a full list here, but perhaps you’d care to look at the show’s website. Around 3,000 exhibitors are expected in total.
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