Cherries are an affordable luxury for China’s middle class amid an economic downturn. Photo: Handout

China’s cherry phenomenon bucking trend of the overall economic slowdown

  • Consumers holding back from spending on big-ticket items like cars, appliances and mobile phones, but will buy pricey food items
  • Analysts say strong sales of less expensive items will not offset ‘consumption downgrade’ by middle-class consumers
Topic |   China economy

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Cherries are an affordable luxury for China’s middle class amid an economic downturn. Photo: Handout
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Staff on a shirt production line at a textile factory in Dongguan, Guangdong. Young migrant workers are increasingly looking to the services sector for jobs. Photo: Edward Wong

China’s factories struggling to find staff as young migrant workers seek ‘freedom’ in services sector

  • Booming courier business is a popular choice, where food deliverers can earn US$750 to US$1,000 a month with companies including Meituan Dianping
  • Garment factories in Guangzhou offering over US$1,000 a month with free accommodation but unable to find enough skilled pattern cutters
Topic |   China economy

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Staff on a shirt production line at a textile factory in Dongguan, Guangdong. Young migrant workers are increasingly looking to the services sector for jobs. Photo: Edward Wong
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