Chinese shoppers spent big over the Singles' Day shopping festival, showing the country's strong economic recovery following the COVID-19 epidemic.
Sales on Alibaba's e-commerce platform Tmall hit 498.2 billion yuan during the annual online shopping spree which started on Nov 1. At the shopping peak, 583,000 orders were made in a single second on Tmall, setting a new online shopping record.
More than 800 million shoppers, 250,000 brands and 5 million merchants participated in this year's shopping spree, according to Tmall.
E-commerce giant JD.com also scored big in the shopping extravaganza, with sales topping 243.1 billion yuan between Nov 1 and 2:26 pm on Wednesday, surpassing total sales of 204.4 billion yuan last year.