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Online shopping in rural China nearly doubles in 2015

Online shopping is thriving in rural China, with last year’s transactions nearly double the 2014 amount, a Ministry of Commerce official said.

Online purchases in rural areas were up 96 percent year on year to CNY353 billion (USD55 billion) in 2015, said assistant minister of commerce Wang Bingnan, at a briefing.

China now has more than 3,000 commercial websites specifically targeting rural areas, Wang told reporters, but acknowledged that a lack of properly trained people, poor competitiveness, an incomplete marketplace and weak infrastructure were hindering expansion. The ministry hopes to improve the logistics network and train more people.

(Source: Shanghai Daily)