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Chinese cities push vouchers and night markets to lift economy

Shanghai dangles $2bn in coupons, teaming with business to boost consumption

Shanghai began hosting night markets this month to spur consumption. (Photo by Naoki Matsuda)

SHANGHAI -- Chinese cities have partnered with the private sector to issue billions of dollars in vouchers, heeding the government's push to revive the slumping economy by boosting consumption.

Throngs of people filled East Nanjing Road, a shopping district in Shanghai, late Saturday. About 20 vendor stands lined the avenue selling food, flowers and sundries.

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