Given these consumer developments in China can I suggest to the Treasury that Alistair Darling and Prudence the Presbyterian innovate and create some new purported mythological basis for associating different years with different consumer items. This could involve the attribution of various personal characteristics to the items (eg if born in the year of the flatpack furniture you are frequently misunderstood, you know the sort of thing).
The British consumer year cycle could feature the year of the laptop, the year of the washing machine, the year of the flatpack furniture, the year of the refrigerator, the year of extravagant and ostentatious jewellery, and the unnecessary second car. Suggestions for others (or replacements for those suggested thus far) are welcome.
This simple measure can allow for staggered consumer booms in areas as people buy into the luck system generated by the purchase of an item in its own year. To avoid intruding on the Christmas market I suggest that the special consumer year begin around March and operate on an annual lunar cycle.
Go on, you know mindless consumer expenditure makes sense.