Anhui province's retail sales totaled 271.47 billion yuan ($39.46 billion) in the first quarter of 2017 (Q1), up 11.9 percent from the same period a year ago, the provincial bureau of statistics said on Tuesday.
The growth was higher than the national average of 10.0 percent, ranking 8th in China and 3rd among six Central China provinces.
Data from the bureau showed strong consumption potential in the province’s rural areas, with retail sales expanding 12.4 percent during the period, outpacing that in urban regions, where retail sales climbed 11.7 percent year-on-year.
Growth in catering sales quickened to 12.4 percent, compared to that in retail sales of goods, which hit 11.8 percent.
From January to March, sales of daily necessities rose by 13.5 percent year-on-year, vehicle and electrical machine sales by 6.4 percent, fuel sales by 18.3 percent and home sales by 22.5 percent.
Online sales continued strong growth, surging 40.4 percent to 6.99 billion yuan.