Chinese Consumers' Disposable Income Declines in 2019, Could Weaken Due to Coronavirus This Year

Chinese Consumers’ Disposable Income Declines in 2019, Could Weaken Due to Coronavirus This Year

Posted Friday, February 28, 2020 by
Arslan Butt • 1 min read

The growth in disposable income in China witnessed a slowdown during 2019, which further reduced domestic household consumption among consumers in the country. As China’s GDP reduced to a near three decade low on account of the escalating trade tensions with the US, the sentiment among businesses as well as consumers deteriorated despite stimulus measures unveiled by the government.

According to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics, the per capita growth in real disposable income stood at 5.8% in 2019, weakening after the 6.8% growth seen in 2018 and 2017’s 7.3%. Income growth among urban households reduced to 5% in 2019 from 5.6% in the previous year. Meanwhile, the per capita GDP growth also slowed down to 5.7% in 2019 from 6.1% in 2018.

While receding trade tensions were expected to revive economic growth in China this year, the unexpected outbreak of the coronavirus is likely to dent the market sentiment further and cause a decline in domestic consumption. The Chinese government has already rolled out several stimulus measures to support its weakening economy and there are expectations that more steps could be undertaken by the government as well as the central bank to support businesses and consumers affected by the outbreak.

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