China Market Intelligence

September 2nd, 2015
Owen Haacke

China’s e-commerce market is expected to be larger than the combined e-commerce markets of the United States, Britain, Japan, Germany, and France by the year 2020. As consumers embrace online shopping as the primary way to purchase everything from luxury cosmetics to groceries and children’s toys, Chinese companies are rushing to sell through their own websites, T-Mall, and assorted e-commerce channels. For US companies, the online sales market in China presents a number of...

March 18th, 2015
Nick Marro

There are new signs that China’s push for a consumption-based economy may be paying off. In 2014, the national retail market stood at 26.2 trillion RMB ($4.18 trillion), representing an increase of 12 percent year-on-year. Online transactions accounted for almost half of this boom, with reports from the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) indicating that e-commerce grew by 21.3 percent to 13 trillion RMB ($2.09 trillion) over the last year, buoyed by the expansion of internet access,...

January 20th, 2015
Matthew Margulies

On January 13, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released a circular notice completely removing the foreign equity cap for investment in e-commerce companies in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (Shanghai FTZ). The notice allows foreign-invested enterprises to control 100 percent stakes in such companies.

Since early 2014, Chinese authorities have consistently taken steps to loosen foreign investment restrictions in e-commerce, which is classified as a value-...