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De Beers rough and polished
De Beers Optimistic After 2019 Earnings Slump
De Beers gave a positive outlook for 2020 due to an improvement in the industry’s inventory situation, despite growing concerns about Chinese demand.Early data from the holiday season indicate midstream stock levels are more balanced...
Mining Feb 20, 2020 Rapaport News
Luk Fook Hong Kong store 2016
Luk Fook to Reduce Hong Kong Presence
Luk Fook plans to scale back its Hong Kong store network and expand in mainland China and Macau, as events in the region have influenced consumer spending.The retailer expects a “single-digit” decrease in the number of rental...
Retail Jan 20, 2020 Rapaport News
Enzo
Chow Tai Fook Buys Chinese Retailer Enzo
Chow Tai Fook has acquired Enzo Jewelry, a colored-gemstone brand with around 60 retail locations in mainland China.Enzo, founded in 2004, targets “modern, sophisticated and self-confident women who demand fashionable jewelry with a highly distinctive...
Retail Jan 19, 2020 Rapaport News
Antwerp
Belgium Shipments Hit 10-Year Low
Belgium’s diamond trade declined in 2019 as excess supply led to slower demand for rough and polished, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre said Wednesday.Polished exports fell 13% to $9.93 billion, their lowest level since...
Polished Markets Jan 16, 2020 Rapaport News
HK protest
Chow Tai Fook to Shut Stores in Hong Kong
Chow Tai Fook intends to close up to 15 stores in Hong Kong as street protests and a tourism slowdown have hit sales.Leases on more than 40 of the jeweler’s 91 retail locations in the municipality are due to expire during the fiscal...
Retail Jan 14, 2020 Rapaport News
Intersection in front of Tiffany Fifth Avenue
Tiffany Holiday Revenue Rises as US Recovers
Tiffany & Co. noted a “momentum shift” in the Americas during the holidays, as growth in the region contributed to an overall increase in sales for the season.Company-wide revenue climbed by 1% to 3% year on year for the period from November...
Retail Dec 26, 2019 Rapaport News
TAG Heuer
Hong Kong Slump Disrupts Swiss Watches
Swiss watch exports fell in November as orders from HongKong continued to slow. Shipments to all countries declined 3.5% to CHF 1.99 billion($2.03 billion) in November, the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industryreported last week. That mainly...
Watches Dec 22, 2019 Rapaport News
Tiffany Hong Kong store
Tiffany Sales Stall as Tourist Spending Dries Up
Sales at Tiffany & Co. were flat at $1.01 billion in thethird fiscal quarter as increases in mainland China compensated for weakspending in the US and Hong Kong. Revenue declined 4% to $422.5 million in the Americas region assales to tourists...
Retail Dec 05, 2019 Rapaport News
Singles Day
Alibaba Sees Record Singles’ Day Sales
Singles’ Day has continued to grow as a major onlineshopping occasion in China, with Alibaba Group reporting record sales through itse-commerce sites. The total value of transactions on the Chinese retailgiant’s platforms rose 26% to CNY 268.4...
Retail Nov 12, 2019 Rapaport News
NRF September
US Consumer Spending Dips
US retail sales stalled between Augustand September, indicating that consumer confidence may be waning in light ofthe escalating trade war. Total purchases for September —excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants — dipped 0.1% compared to theprevious...
Retail Oct 17, 2019 Rapaport News
Chow Tai Fook
Chow Tai Fook Sales Slump
Hong Kong-based jeweler Chow Tai Fook has reported adownward trend in sales across both mainland China and Hong Kong in the secondfiscal quarter. Same-store sales of gold products — at branches open for atleast 12 months...
Retail Oct 17, 2019 Rapaport News
Diamond Trade with Loupe
Diamond Trade Cautious Ahead of Holiday Season
RAPAPORT PRESS RELEASE, October 7, 2019, Las Vegas…Diamond market sentiment was weak in September after the Hong Kong show demonstrated a slowdown in Chinese demand.Buyers from mainland China are cautious. The US-China trade war,...
Polished Markets Oct 07, 2019 Rapaport
HK show Sept 2019
Hong Kong Show Reflects Slow Chinese Demand
The timing of the September Hong Kong Jewellery & GemFair was unfortunate, coming amid a wave of anti-government demonstrations inthe city. But for many participants, the political tensions were masking thebigger issue: Chinese...
Polished Markets Sep 24, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Shanghai
Signet Scaling Back China Buying
Signet Jewelers plans to reduce its purchasing of Chinesegoods by about 50%, aiming to minimize the impact of US tariffs on thebusiness. “We have been successful in working with our vendors to movea significant amount of our China exposure to other...
Retail Sep 09, 2019 Rapaport News
Hong Kong airport protest
Trade Seeks Discount for Hong Kong Show
The Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association (HKJMA)is asking the organizers of the September show for a 25% discount for itsmembers, citing difficult market conditions due to the trade war and socialunrest in the city....
Polished Markets Aug 15, 2019 Joshua Freedman
HK protest
Hong Kong Riots Cast Cloud over Show
Diamond traders have raised concerns ahead of next month’s Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, as mass protests have caused chaos and dented local demand. The show will still take place as planned,...
Polished Markets Aug 13, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Imports
How Trump’s Tariffs Could Affect the Trade
Long before the threat of tariffs on Chinese goods loomed large,brick-and-mortar retailers in the US were facing challenges. So far this year,US retailers have announced plans to shut down over 7,000 stores after almost6,000 closed in 2018,...
Financial-Legal Aug 11, 2019 Lara Ewen
Hong Kong retail
Protests Dent Hong Kong Retail Outlook
Retail sales in Hong Kongare set to fall by 5% in 2019, with the decline expected to be even sharper inthe luxury-goods market, which includes jewelry. The new estimate, publishedlast week by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), is a downgrade on its previousforecast. The...
Retail Jul 03, 2019 Rapaport News
Jewelers of America DC visit 2019
Tariffs, Taxes Top JA Washington Agenda
A delegation from Jewelersof America (JA) has met with US lawmakers and congressional staff to discuss trade and tax concerns affecting its members. Themeeting, which took place on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 19,...
Financial-Legal Jul 02, 2019 Rapaport News
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
GIA Expands China Education
The Gemological Instituteof America (GIA) will offer remote learning to students in China, expanding its collaborationwith ShanghaiJiao Tong University (SJTU). The GIA’s distance-educationprograms will allow participants to access equipment and gemstones in self-studystudent workrooms...
Polished Markets Jul 02, 2019 Rapaport News
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