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China’s consumers are a major global opportunity

Since China’s economic take-off in 2000, investment has driven GDP whilst the contribution of consumers’ spending diminished. This is common in export-oriented economies, but China’s low private consumption has continued for over a decade, setting it apart. There are many factors behind this: the uncertainty created by the transition from full-blown communism caused households to save, not spend; To generate rapid growth on its own terms, the Chinese authorities prioritized exports, including... Read More >

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