China’s 34m ‘mass affluent’ consumers to drive 75 pc of national consumption by 2020

June 27, 2017
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Around 34 million ‘mass affluent’ consumers, who’ve earned their wealth in the new economy, will drive the majority of China’s spending in the near future, global consultancy says
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Celine Ge
Zheng Yangpeng

China is about to undergo a consumer revolution driven by an emerging group of 34 million “mass affluent” consumers who’ve built their personal wealth in the new economy, according to a report by Oliver Wyman.

Spending by this emerging demographic, which represents 2.5 per cent of China’s population, is set to rise, such that by 2020 they will account for more than 75 per cent of the country’s total consumption, a report by the global consultancy showed.

They are the “mass affluent”, generally young, tech-savvy individuals with 650,000 yuan to 6 million yuan (US$95,220 to US$878,941) of investable assets, who are more free spending than their Western counterparts.

The survey, which polled 1,000 mass affluent Chinese consumers, showed that they are more inclined to spend on entertainment such as sporting activities and cinema, as well as domestic vacations.

“They are now seeking meaningful experiences to elevate lifestyles, spending more on experiences that result in higher levels of self-fulfillment,” said Jacques Penhirin, partner at Oliver Wyman and co-author of the report. Continue Reading
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