The proportions of restaurants and retailers reporting a year-on-year growth of revenue were higher than those in August, and they were optimistic about the business prospects in October, the Macao Special Administrative Region's (SAR) statistics department said on Sunday.
Latest report by the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) indicated that the business performance of the interviewed restaurants or similar establishments and retailers in September 2017 was better than expected with improved business conditions.
Among the interviewed restaurants or similar establishments, 45 percent registered a year-on-year rise of revenue in September, up by 12 percentage points from August.
For retail trade, the proportion of interviewed retailers reporting a year-on-year sales increase in September 2017 went up by 10 percentage points from August to 51 percent. On the other hand, 24 percent of the interviewed retailers registered a year-on-year sales decrease, down by 17 percentage points over August.
The DSEC report also said that benefited from the long holidays for National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival in October 2017, the interviewed restaurants or similar establishments expected a slight improvement in their business, with 27 percent anticipating a year-on-year rise in receipts in October, up by 6 percentage points from September.
Retailers were more optimistic about their business prospects in October, with 33 percent predicting a year-on-year sales increase, up by 8 percentage points from September.