Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Alibaba has 423m annual active buyers

"Alibaba is shaping and guiding Chinese consumer behavior and trends. We are also helping consumers enjoy greater convenience and a wider range of options in the ongoing consumption upgrade. We are popular among millennials, who view us as an inseparable part of their lives. More than 75% of our users are 35 years old or younger.
During fiscal year 2016, our China retail marketplaces reached a historical milestone when annual gross merchandise value transaction surpassed RMB 3 trillion, making Alibaba Group the largest retail ecosystem in the world. Our annual active buyers continued to grow, reaching 423 million as of March 31, 2016. Our extraordinary year-over-year growth in mobile transactions, which reached 73% for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, showcased the success of our transformation into mobile-first. Through the acquisition of Youku Tudou and brisk growth in Alitrip and Koubei, we have expanded our offerings beyond physical goods to include digital content and local services, which we believe will be the next wave of growth."
Source:  Letter to shareholders from Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang. 13th October 2016

"Over the last two years, the Alibaba team has produced outstanding results. In fiscal year 2016, we continued to build out the world’s largest retail ecosystem. Gross merchandise volume transacted on our China retail platforms surpassed an unprecedented RMB 3 trillion. In the fiscal year prior to our IPO, mobile revenue accounted for a single-digit percentage of total revenue from our China retail marketplaces; in our most recent quarter, mobile contributed more than 75% of total revenue. Our mobile monetization rate now exceeds that of the desktop, making Alibaba Group the largest mobile commerce company in the world. We have more than 430 million annual active buyers, which means one out of every three individuals in China has made a purchase on our retail marketplaces. Additionally, our cloud computing business, digital media and entertainment businesses, and the strategic bets we have made on innovative, emerging technologies are demonstrating strong growth that we believe will be sustainable for years to come."

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