The mainland's retail market used to be dominated by department stores, but shopping centres are now increasingly spreading to third-tier cities. Photo: AP

Worse glut in China's smaller cities may be in malls, not flats

An excess of new shopping centres in lower-tier cities faces threat from rise of e-commerce

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The mainland's retail market used to be dominated by department stores, but shopping centres are now increasingly spreading to third-tier cities. Photo: AP
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