Singles present wealth of economic opportunitieslook to pro

The growing number of Chinese choosing to remain single may worry many of their parents, but the phenomenon has created ample opportunities for retail and service providers.

Many of them now target singles – who often have sizable disposabl

e incomes as a result of fewer family commitments – with products that suit their lifestyles.

Chen Xi, 29, a fashion industry consultant in Shanghai, said she has bought many products in recent years that

have been customized for singles, including a rice cooker, an oven, a refrigerator and a washing machine.

“These products come in smaller sizes than usual, which are perfect f

or people who live alone like me. I’m glad there seem to be more products on the market tha

t can improve quality of life and make things more convenient for single people,” she said.

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