China’s online retail turnover surged 70% year-on-year to more than 880 billion yuan ($143.06 billion) in the first half of this year, bucking the sluggish growth of the whole retailing industry, according to Yao Jian, spokesman of the Ministry of Commerce (report in Chinese).

Online retailing business maintained sustainable growth in recent years, intertwining with every aspect of people’s daily life, according to Yao. The turnover of e-commerce industry soared 31.7% year-on-year to 8.02 trillion yuan in 2012, of which the sales of online retailing unit advanced 67.5% year-on-year to 1.3 trillion yuan, accounting for 6.3% of the total retail sales of consumer goods. The turnover of e-commerce is expected to reach 18 trillion yuan by 2015, according to the 12th Five-year Plan (report in Chinese).

The newly added online consumers totaled 28.89 million in H1 2013, sending the number of total online consumers to 271 million, according to stats from the China Internet Network Information Center.

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Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.