China’s major Internet firms post fast revenue growth in Jan-May

BEIJING (Xinhua) – China’s major Internet firms reported fast expansion in both revenue and R&D investment in the first five months, official data showed.

Chinese firms in the Internet and related sectors, whose business revenue exceeded five million yuan (USD729,927) last year, raked in 428.2 billion yuan from January to May, up 19.4 per cent year on year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

R&D investment in the sector rose 15.6 per cent year-on-year to 18.12 billion yuan in the period.

Information services, the biggest contributor, raked in 297.8 billion yuan during the period, up 21 per cent than a year ago and making up 69.5 per cent of the internet business revenue.

Key application infrastructure including Internet data centres, cloud services and cloud storage maintained rapid growth, as business revenue related to Internet data services came in at 4.13 billion yuan, up 36.5 per cent.