Pinduoduo’s profits surge 47% in Q2, amid price war with

Pinduoduo, the Chinese social commerce giant, reported a 47% year-on-year growth in its net income to US$1.8 billion for the second quarter of 2023. The company’s revenue also grew by 66% to US$7.17 billion.

Pinduoduo’s profits were driven by a “positive shift” in consumer outlook, said Jiazhen Zhao, the firm’s executive director and co-CEO. The company’s revenue growth was also supported by strong growth in online marketing services and transaction services.

Nevertheless, Pinduoduo saw a notable 41% rise in its overall operating costs, reaching a sum of $2 billion, primarily attributed to heightened investments in promotional and advertising endeavors.

Pinduoduo’s robust performance is occurring within the backdrop of a fierce pricing battle in China’s e-commerce arena. is reportedly setting aside a substantial $1.5 billion in subsidies to drive down prices, a direct challenge that has cast a shadow on Pinduoduo and, both witnessing declines in their stock values due to investor apprehensions over the escalating cost of this price competition.

Despite the intensifying price warfare, Pinduoduo remains a formidable player in China’s e-commerce landscape. The company boasts a substantial and dedicated user base, continually pioneering fresh and enticing products and services.

Furthermore, Pinduoduo is diversifying into various sectors, including online education and healthcare, strategically positioning itself for continued growth in the years ahead.

In addition to its core e-commerce operations, Pinduoduo also oversees Temu, an online marketplace that is gaining traction internationally, positioning itself as a competitor to the rapidly emerging fast fashion entity, Shein.