E-commerce giant Alibaba has set new sales records on Sunday for its biggest shopping day, the annual Singles Day.
The Chinese company hit a record $1bn (£774m; €883m) in sales in 85 seconds, and then just shy of $10bn in the first hour of the 24-hour spree.
In total, customers spent $30.8bn, up 27% on last year, but the lowest annual increase in the history of Singles Day.
Online discounts have been offered on 11 November, Alibaba’s informal holiday for singles, since 2009.
Alibaba Group chief executive Daniel Zhang said the spending bonanza demonstrated “customers’ continued pursuit to upgrade their everyday lifestyles”.
The event was kicked off on Saturday with a gala featuring US singer Mariah Carey, a Japanese Beyoncé impersonator and a shoe-shopping-themed Cirque du Soleil performance.
Alibaba invented the occasion to celebrate the unattached as an antithesis to the romantically involved on Valentine’s Day.
It is now the world’s biggest online sales event and this year’s total was more than Black Friday and Cyber Monday’s totals combined, according to Bloomberg.
Last year, the Chinese company expanded the event to the Western market, with downloads of its app AliExpress surging in the US and UK.