Daniel Zhang, chairman and chief government officer Alibaba Group, mentioned the corporate’s monetary yr from April 2021 to March 2022 was impacted by the uncertainties round Covid, “new expectations” on China’s web sector and the “excessive frequency” of worldwide geopolitical conflicts.

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Alibaba confronted its “most extreme” exterior atmosphere in a long time in its final monetary yr, CEO Daniel Zhang mentioned on Tuesday, because the Chinese language e-commerce big confronted plenty of headwinds from regulatory scrutiny to a Covid-19 resurgence on the planet’s second-largest financial system.

“Over the previous yr, we have been deeply impacted by the large uncertainties caused by the capricious nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the brand new expectations of the Web sector in China, and excessive frequency of worldwide geopolitical conflicts,” Zhang wrote in a letter to Alibaba’s shareholders.

“This can be the yr by which modifications within the exterior atmosphere has been most extreme in a long time. In response to those large and impactful modifications, our guideline has been ‘be assured, be versatile and be ourselves.'”

Through the firm’s monetary yr from Apr. 1, 2021 to Mar. 31, 2022, Alibaba posted its slowest income progress on document and its share worth collapsed greater than 50%.

Final yr, Alibaba was hit with a 18.23 billion Chinese language yuan ($2.7 billion) wonderful as a part of an anti-monopoly probe as regulators elevated scrutiny of the nation’s web giants.

Zhang mentioned “regardless of the challenges, Alibaba delivered a steady and rewarding yr,” highlighting the e-commerce big’s give attention to three key areas — consumption, cloud computing and globalization.

The CEO mentioned the corporate had achieved its purpose of serving greater than 1 billion annual lively shoppers in China. Zhang touted the expansion of its low cost procuring platform Taobao Deal and its group shopping for platform Taocaicai. Each of those are seen as key merchandise to assist Alibaba develop customers in smaller, less-affluent Chinese language cities.

“We imagine that these two companies will make larger contributions sooner or later to our total retail matrix,” Zhang mentioned.

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