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Digital firms reap 618 windfall

MAJOR digital firms reported a bright start to a mid-year sales event with a rebound in spend­ing on electronic gadgets.

More than 1.5 billion yuan (US$211 million) worth of Apple products, from smartphones, tablets to personal laptops, were sold on on Monday.

Total iPhone sales surpassed 500 million yuan in the first five hours of the event on Tmall.

Both platforms had offered interest-free installment plans and enhanced warranties. came up with the idea of a mid-year sale more than ten years ago and it has since become the second biggest shopping frenzy after Singles Day in November.

The June 18 sales campaign has turned into a multi-week event and this year online retailers are offering big discounts to woo consumers gradually returning to their shopping routines.

Tmall said sales in the first 10 hours were 50 percent higher compared with the same period last year with growth coming from the doubling of sales in categories such as cosmetics, home appliances, laptops and electric cars.

As of 2pm on Monday, JD said sales had risen 74 percent year on year as online spending be­came crucial for the purchase of daily necessities.

The orders handled by its lo­gistics unit had also surpassed last year’s 24-hour figure as of 3pm on Monday.

More than 25,000 brands from 92 countries and regions are offering over 400,000 new products through Alibaba’s import goods subsidiary Tmall Global.

Atotal of 32 brands reported more than 100 million yuan in Tmall sales in the first 24 hours from midnight on Monday, led by major domestic brands such as Huawei, Midea, Haier, Gree and Xiaomi.

Taobao said sales thorough its livestream shows topped 5.1 billion yuan over that period.



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