China has become one of the major luxury goods consumers in the world. A recent Bain survey showed that, in 2009, Chinese spent $9.6 billion on luxury goods, which accounts for 27% of the world total, while China’s GDP only accounts for about 5% of the world GDP. According to Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the consumption of luxury goods in Chinese will reach 40 billion USD by 2015; Bain’s estimation for 2015 Chinese luxury goods expenditures is 14.6 billion USD. According to another consulting firm, McKinsey, about half of the Chinese luxury goods are used as gifts.
Source: Radio Free Asia, April 22, 2010