China News Service, Beijing, January 18 (Wang Enbo, Zhang Wenhui) In response to the recent sporadic epidemics in some parts of China, Ning Jizhe, director of the National Bureau of Statistics of China, emphasized in Beijing on the 18th that the overall impact on the economy is controllable and China has the conditions. , Ability to control the spread of the epidemic.

  The data released on the same day showed that the total retail sales of consumer goods in China in 2020 was 391981 trillion yuan, a decrease of 3.9% from the previous year.

  Ning Jizhe pointed out at the press conference of the State Council Information Office that the total retail sales of consumer goods in China last year was still negative for the whole year, but it has turned positive in the third and fourth quarters, especially in the fourth quarter, the growth rate reached 4.6%, close to the normal level of previous years. .

In December, the growth rate of total social consumer retail sales fluctuated slightly, which was affected by the spread of epidemics in several places.

Looking at the overall trend, China's consumption is able to play a fundamental factor in economic development while increasing production and supply.

  Looking forward to 2021, Ning Jizhe believes that there are many favorable factors supporting the stable recovery of China's economy, and that China's economy has the foundation and conditions to continue its steady recovery.

Although the current epidemic prevention and control pressure is still greater for "external defense input, internal defense rebound", the fundamentals of China's long-term economic improvement have not changed. It has a solid material foundation, a complete industrial system, a broad market space, strong technological strength, and human resources. Rich and other advantages.

  Ning Jizhe said frankly that the current global spread of the new crown pneumonia epidemic is still continuing. Recently, there have been sporadic cases and even local clusters of epidemics in some places in China, which has brought some uncertainty to the continued economic recovery.

"But on the whole, the impact on the economy is controllable."

  He said that China has accumulated a wealth of experience in the prevention and control of the epidemic in the early stage. Rapid action in the place where the epidemic occurred is conducive to curbing the spread of the epidemic. The implementation of scientific prevention and control measures is conducive to controlling the spread of the new crown virus. The implementation of sophisticated prevention and control measures reduces the impact on production and life. influences.

At present, production and life in most areas are operating normally, economic operations are generally stable, and the impact of the epidemic is controllable.

  Ning Jizhe said that this year China will implement fiscal, currency, employment, investment, consumption, regional, and industrial policies more accurately and effectively, overcome difficulties and problems on the road ahead, maintain economic operations within a reasonable range, and achieve sustained and healthy economic development. .