China, Socialism & Consumer Behavior: Rising cost of luxury goods slows to 2009 level
China’s Luxury Consumer Price Index, which measures price changes in 62 luxury items, rose 4.94 percent in June from a year earlier, 2.79 percentage points lower than the increase in the same period last year.
The institute said the recent economic slowdown had “knocked the confidence of the Chinese luxury consumers” and made luxury brands cautious about raising prices.
China’s corruption fight may also have contributed to the slowdown.
In late July, Tianjin, a bustling port city near Beijing, reported Moutai sales were down by as much as 50 percent over the previous six months, according to Reuters.
The overall rise was 2.74 percentage points higher than June/2012 inflation rate. The Luxury CPI has outstripped inflation over the past six years, Hurun said.
The products in Hurun’s luxury basket include education, jets and yachts, cars, drinks, property, travel, watches and jewelry.
Travel costs jumped the most, by 11.92 percent, 7.82 percentage points higher than last year.
Prices for alcohol, cigars and cigarettes grew at 7.84 percent compared with last year’s 9.2 percent increase.
Top education fees were up 7.58 percent, almost the same as last year.
Luxury car prices rose just 0.72 percent, slowing from last year’s 1.54 percent growth.
Prices of upscale properties shed 2.42 percent this year after stricter measures were introduced to curb speculation
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