Per capita consumer spending this summer showed the effect of the Sars outbreak in making people reluctant to go out to shopping centres, cinemas and tourist attractions. Overall, first half per capita consumer spending rose 6.7 per cent to Yn3,110, but this included a rise of only 0.6 per cent in spending during May when the outbreak was at its height. Spending had been increasing by 8.9 per cent in the first quarter. The cash registers began to roll again in June when spending rose 3.6 per cent year-on-year.
Per capita expenditure on non-consumer items, which include housing and insurance, rose 15.1 per cent to Yn1,086 in the first half. Average individual urban incomes rose 9 per cent to Yn4,301 in the first half of the year.