Chinese shoppers 'explosive buying' showing signs of change

posted on February 14, 2016

Shopping patterns of Chinese visitors to Japan, known for "explosive buying," or "bakugai" in Japanese, showed signs of change during this year's Chinese Lunar New Year holidays that ended on Saturday.

As more and more Chinese people now come to Japan repeatedly, demand for lower-priced goods is growing and the average spending per customer is on the decline, according to Luo Yiwen, president of duty-free shop operator Laox Co. There is also growing concern over the impact of the yen's recent upsurge on Chinese tourists' shopping appetite.

The number of foreign visitors to Japan has still been rising steadily and Tokyo's Akihabara electronics shopping district, for example, was full of Chinese shoppers carrying bags and boxes in both hands during the holidays.

source by jiji
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