Retail sales in China were up 18.3% in June. Sales in urban areas rose 18.7% to Yn1.07trn (£106bn), while rural sales were up 15.9% to Yn161.5bn (£16bn).

Sales of consumer electronics were up 23.4% to Yn32.6bn (£3.2bn).

Retail sales of grains, edible oil, beverages, tobacco and alcohol jumped 25.4% to Yn55.8bn (£5.5bn) and sales of garments, shoes, hats and textile products rose 26.6% to Yn41.3bn (£4.1bn).