Alibaba makes $14.3 billion in sales in just a day. More than Zimbabwe’s total GDP of $13.7B

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James Bond actor Daniel Craig and Alibaba’s chairman Jack Ma appear during Tuesday night’s TV gala promoting the event. Photo: Reuters Via South China Morning Post

If you’ve been wondering what the size of the Chinese e-commerce market is, look further than Alibaba’s “Singles Day” sales today. The company announced that it generated US $14.3 billion in sales in just 24 hours. Alibaba’s Singles Day is a shopping event introduced in 2009 during which Alibaba encourages single Chinese people to spoil themselves with gifts on the day.

To put that $14.3B in context, consider that it’s more than Zimbabwe’s total GDP of 2014 which was $13.66B. GDP, the Gross Domestic Product, represents the total dollar value of all goods and services produced in the country.

Earlier in the day, Alibaba had announced that in hit US $5 Billion in just 90 minutes, sealing Singles Day’s place as the world’s biggest shopping day.

Other interesting facts about Alibaba and the Singles day:

  • This year’s total sales are up 60% from 2014. The group made $9.3 billion in sales last year
  • It took just half of the day to beat the 2014 record of $9.3bn
  • 68% was through orders were made form from mobile devices
  • One of the new sales channel pumping Alibaba’s Singles’ Day sales was Suning Commerce Group Co, in which it bought a 20% stake in August this year.
  • To improve logistics capacity, Alibaba plans to deploy 1.7 million delivery employees, 5,000 warehouses, 400,000 vehicles and 200 airplanes.
  • Alibaba accounts for more than 80% of China’s internet sales market.


  1. me

    Chinese push things, they have come out of the current pitching phase here punctuated with heavy fanfare, pompfare for just an idea. An idea just need to be executed and thats what the chinese are doing and they are doing it global whilst we see

  2. Rr

    Saka how many single chinese are they. And furthermore ipapo isimbi dzingani dzieligible cz tatowana opporturnity. Single hot and desperate chinese women meet african man.

    1. macd chip

      Singles can also be man!!

  3. Xibo

    Kwete zvema MOU. these guys make things happen

    1. macd chip

      Tajaira kungopururudzira matakadya kare uye zviroto zvehupenyu huchazotapira.

  4. tinm@n


    This is the stuff that makes Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon…etc itch badly to get into that market.

  5. Silas

    Game of numbers, there are so many people and its so easy to be a company in China!

  6. Percy Gee

    these guys push sells, if you inquire vanokusona kusvika waita bhoo.

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