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Provisional statistics of restaurant receipts and purchases for first quarter of 2016
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     The Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) released the latest provisional figures on restaurant receipts and purchases today (May 5).

     The value of total receipts of the restaurants sector in the first quarter of 2016, provisionally estimated at $26.7 billion, increased by 2.0% over a year earlier. Over the same period, the provisional value of total purchases by restaurants decreased by 0.5% to $8.7 billion.

     After netting out the effect of price changes over the same period, the volume of total restaurant receipts decreased by 1.5% in the first quarter of 2016 compared with a year earlier.

     Analysed by type of restaurant and comparing the first quarter of 2016 with the first quarter of 2015, total receipts of Chinese restaurants decreased by 0.5% in value and 4.2% in volume. Total receipts of non-Chinese restaurants increased by 2.3% in value but decreased by 0.4% in volume. Total receipts of fast food shops increased by 6.7% in value and 2.5% in volume. Total receipts of miscellaneous eating and drinking places increased by 6.7% in value and 2.6% in volume. As for bars, total receipts decreased by 4.3% in value and 6.4% in volume.

     Based on the seasonally adjusted series, total restaurant receipts increased by 0.5% in value but decreased by 0.4% in volume in the first quarter of 2016 compared with the preceding quarter.

     To facilitate better understanding of the short-term business performance of the restaurants sector, statistics in respect of the restaurant receipts and purchases in individual months of the reference quarter are also compiled.

     Analysed by month, the value of total receipts of the restaurants sector increased by 4.6%, 1.3% and 0.3% respectively in January, February and March 2016, compared with the corresponding months a year earlier.

     After discounting the effect of price changes, total restaurant receipts increased by 0.6% in volume in January 2016, but decreased by 2.1% and 3.0% in volume respectively in February and March 2016, compared with the corresponding months a year earlier.
 
Further information

     Table 1 presents the revised figures of restaurant receipts by type of restaurant and total purchases by the restaurants sector for the fourth quarter of 2015 as well as the provisional figures for the first quarter of 2016.

     Table 2 and Table 3 present the revised value and volume indices respectively, of restaurant receipts by type of restaurant for the fourth quarter of 2015 and the provisional indices for the first quarter of 2016.

     Table 4 presents the year-on-year rate of change in total restaurant receipts in value and volume terms based on the original quarterly series, as well as the quarter-to-quarter rate of change based on the seasonally adjusted series.

     The revised figures on restaurant receipts and purchases for the first quarter of 2016 (with breakdown by month) will be released through the website of the C&SD (www.censtatd.gov.hk/hkstat/sub/bbs.jsp) and relevant publications of the Department from June 20, 2016.

     The classification of restaurants follows the Hong Kong Standard Industrial Classification (HSIC) Version 2.0, which is used in various economic surveys for classifying economic units into different industry classes.

     More detailed statistics are given in the Report on Quarterly Survey of Restaurant Receipts and Purchases. Users can download this publication free of charge at the website of the C&SD (www.censtatd.gov.hk/hkstat/sub/sp320.jsp?productCode=B1080002).

     Users who have enquiries about the survey results may contact the Distribution Services Statistics Section of the C&SD (Tel: 3903 7401; email: [email protected]).

Ends/Thursday, May 5, 2016
Issued at HKT 16:32

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