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China's Singles Day, by the numbers

Some Alibaba statistics from this year's edition of China's annual Singles Day shopping spree

China's Singles Day, by the numbers

Singles Day, occurring every year on the 11th day of the 11th month, is a Chinese celebration for the "lonely" that has been around for just over a decade. It offers a chance for shoppers not in relationships to buy presents for themselves.

Here are some statistics from this year's event:

-- $14.3 billion: Total value of this year's merchandise sales recorded by Alibaba,'s counterpart in China, up more than 50 percent from last year's total in U.S. dollars.

-- 8 minutes: How long it took the total merchandise sold through Alibaba's electric payment service, Alipay, to exceed $1 billion.

-- 94 million: Number of mobile buyers who purchased merchandise.

-- $9.8 billion: Amount purchased by mobile shoppers, which exceeds the total of $9.3 billion for all purchases last year.

Source: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

Updated : 2021-09-22 07:22 GMT+08:00