December 5 – China's retail sales surged from ¥4.3 trillion in 2001, when it joined the World Trade Organization, to ¥15.7 trillion in 2010, a 2.7-fold increase , according to the Ministry of Commerce.

December 5 – French retailer Carrefour opened its 200th Chinese store in Changzhou, Jiangsu province.

December 2 – H&M, a Swedish clothing retailer, opened its first store in Fuzhou, Fujian's provincial capital.

December 1 – Media Markt, an electronics retailer owned by Germany's Metro AG, said that it would open its seventh store in Shanghai later this month and expand to other Chinese cities next year.

December 1 – Oto, a Hong Kong health supplement product retailer, said it plans to establish 100 points of sale on the mainland in the next three years.

December 1 – APM F&C Co, a South Korean clothing retailer, said it plans to open its first Chinese store in Beijing's Soho area by the end of this year.

November 21 – Henan province aims to build 58,000 supermarkets and convenience stores in the next three to five years according to a provincial development plan for the industry.

November 21 – Brand Off, Japan's largest retailer of second-hand luxury goods, opened its first Chinese store in Shanghai.

November 19 – Lavazza Espression, Italy's most popular coffee house chain, opened its 15th Chinese store in Guangzhou, Guangdong's provincial capital.

November 16 – China's 3,000 largest retailers saw their revenues grow 13.5% in October, 1.8 percentage points slower than in September, according to the Ministry of Commerce.

November 15 – Muji, a Japanese retailer that sells a variety of household and consumer goods, said it plans to operate 38 stores in China by the end of this year and 100 by the end of 2013.
November 14 – Online clothing retail sales in China rose 0.4% quarter on quarter and 65.2% year on year to ¥44.05 billion in Q3 2011, according to Analysys International.

November 11 – German retailer Metro AG said it plans to open its first supermarket in Wuhan, Hubei's provincial capital, in 2012 and to operate 100 stores in China by the end of 2015.

November 11 – 7-Eleven opened its 100th store in Shanghai and plans to increase this number to 300 two years from now, 7-Eleven Shanghai general manager Huang Qianli said. The convenience store chain will start allowing franchises in the city next year.

November 11 – Clarabelle, an Adelaide, Australia-based children's wear retailer, plans to operate 40 stores in China by the end of this year and 300 by the end of 2012, Clarabelle China COO Li Mingchuan told Finance.qq.com.

November 10 – Galeries Lafayette, a French department store operator, said it plans to open 10 to 15 stores in China over the next three to five years.

November 10 – China's restaurant receipts added up to ¥1.76 trillion in 2010, a Deloitte report on the nation's catering industry has found. The report foresees the industry becoming a magnet for venture capital and private equity investors in the years to come.

November 9 – Inter Ikea plans to spend $1.93 billion building malls covering 510,000m2 of floor space in China during the next five years. It currently operates three malls in Beijing, Wuxi and Wuhan. The fourth, in Shanghai, is expected to cost $789 million and has yet to choose a location.

November 9 – Sephora, a cosmetics chain owned by luxury goods retailer LVMH, opened its 100th Chinese store in Shandong's provincial capital, Jinan.

November 9 – Online retail spending on computers, communication gadgets and consumer electronics rose 61.6% year on year to ¥36.84 billion in Q3 2011, according to Analysys International.

November 9 – China's consumer price index rose 5.5% from a year earlier in October, down 0.6 percentage points from the previous month, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. Food prices were up 11.9% year on year driving up inflation by 3.62 percentage points, while the price of pork was up 38.9% year on year, driving up inflation by 1.12 percentage points.

November 8 – 35% of urban Chinese use smartphones, the highest rate in the Asia Pacific region, according to a joint survey by Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Ipsos.

November 7 – Tesco opened its 99th Chinese store in Yingkou, Liaoning province. It is the British retailer's 19th store in the province.

November 4 – Chow Tai Fook, a Hong Kong-based jewelry retailer, said it plans to open 100 stores annually in mainland China in the years to come.

November 3 – China's consumer spending will double from 2010 levels by 2020 to become the world's second largest market, according to McKinsey. Close to 60% of the 15,000 middle class Chinese consumers surveyed believed their household incomes would rise significantly over the coming five years.

November 3 – The value of China's online B2C transactions rose 15% quarter on quarter and 13% year on year to ¥62.1 billion in Q3 2011, with Tmall.com capturing the largest portion of the market with a 35.5% share, according to Analysys International.

November 2 – French retailer Carrefour opened its 196th Chinese store in Taiyuan, Shanxi's provincial capital.

November 1 – China's online retail sales rose 10% quarter on quarter and 58% year on year to ¥211.77 billion in Q3 2011, according to Analysys International.

November 28 – Lotte Mart, a South Korean retailer, opened its 87th Chinese store in Dongying, Shandong province.

November 3 – Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS) expects China to become a billion-dollar business in three to four years as it speeds up expansion there, Bloomberg reported, citing David Zoba, its senior vice president for global real estate. Gap has eight stores in China and aims to lift the number to 15, including its first shop in Hong Kong, by January 31, 2012. Gap plans to have 45 namesake stores in the country 12 months after that, Zoba said.

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