In retail trade, China is becoming the front-runner in innovative technologies, new sales channels and changing consumer behavior. No fewer than 20% of all retail purchases are already made online. Growth is driven by the generation of Chinese born after 1990, who demonstrate an above-average willingness to spend.
At present, the main equity indices do not provide an adequate reflection of China’s economic standing in the world. This is largely because, in the past, foreign investors could only gain access to the market for Chinese domestic stocks, or A-shares, subject to major restrictions.