• Bloomberg


Chinese consumers flocked to malls, restaurants and cinemas ahead of the year’s biggest holiday season, highlighting the consumption power transforming the economy.

Foot traffic at shopping centers and eateries edged up while online sales climbed from a year earlier, according to data from Baidu Inc., operator of the nation’s dominant search engine, and No. 2 e-commerce platform JD.com Inc. Consumer confidence and box office receipts also rose, while car sales held up.

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