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Luk Fook store MixC World in Shenzhen Bay
Luk Fook Eyes China Expansion
Hong Kong-based Luk Fook will accelerate its expansion in mainland China, considering the market a strong source of revenues amid struggles in its home territory.The jewelry retailer plans to open a net 250 new mainland stores...
Retail Nov 26, 2020 Rapaport News
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China Rebound Boosts Chow Tai Fook Profit
Chow Tai Fook saw earnings grow in the first fiscal half amid surging gold prices and a recovery in the Chinese market.Profit jumped 45% year on year to HKD 2.29 billion ($296 million) for the...
Retail Nov 25, 2020 Rapaport News
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Swiss Watch Exports Maintain Gloomy Streak
Swiss watch exports saw their ninth consecutive monthly decline as US orders slipped and a fresh wave of European lockdowns cast a cloud over demand in the region.Global shipments fell 7% to CHF 1.88 billion ($2.07 billion) in October,...
Watches Nov 19, 2020 Rapaport News
TSL Malaysia store
Hong Kong’s Tse Sui Luen Suffers Heavy Losses
Hong Kong-based jeweler Tse Sui Luen (TSL) fell into the red in its first fiscal half as the coronavirus and tensions between the US and China battered its business across the region.The retailer...
Retail Nov 19, 2020 Rapaport News
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Chow Tai Fook Unveils In-House AI Grading Report
Chow Tai Fook is launching its own diamond certificates based on artificial intelligence, using a new grading scale featuring numbers instead of letters.The Chow Tai Fook AI Diamond Grading Certificate will be available for stones weighing...
Retail Nov 03, 2020 Rapaport News
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Hong Kong Polished Imports Slide
Hong Kong’s diamond trade continued to decline in the third quarter, though the downturn was gentler than during the first half of the year. Polished imports fell 32% year on year to $2.69 billion in the...
Polished Markets Nov 01, 2020 Rapaport News
Luk Fook Hong Kong store
Luk Fook Suffers as Tourists Snub Hong Kong
Sales at Luk Fook slumped in the second fiscal quarter as the Hong Kong-based jeweler suffered from a continued slowdown in tourism and local demand in its home city.Group-wide same-store sales — at branches open for at least a year...
Retail Oct 19, 2020 Rapaport News
Chow Tai Fook store Chengdu China
China Resurgence Lifts Chow Tai Fook
Retail sales at Chow Tai Fook grew 2.6% year on year in the second fiscal quarter as a strong recovery in China outweighed continued weakness in Hong Kong.Sales rose 21% on the mainland while slumping 52% in Hong Kong...
Retail Oct 18, 2020 Rapaport News
TSL Malaysia story
Tse Sui Luen Expects Loss Amid Tourist Slowdown
Hong Kong-based jeweler Tse Sui Luen (TSL) expects to incur a net loss of at least HKD 40 million ($5.2 million) for the first fiscal half as the Covid-19 pandemic depressed the company’s sales.The loss for...
Polished Markets Oct 13, 2020 Rapaport News
Antwerp Diamond Bourse
Hong Kong Show Cancellation Hits Belgium Trade
Belgium’s polished shipments slumped last month as the cancellation of the September Hong Kong show and continued uncertainty around Covid-19 stalled the sector’s recovery.“Rough is performing really well; polished is still somewhat subdued,” a spokesperson...
Polished Markets Oct 12, 2020 Rapaport News
Polished diamond and loupe
China Cracks Down on Diamond Smuggling
China has arrested 121 people suspected of bringing CNY 3.88 billion (around $570 million) in diamonds into the country through illegal channels since 2015, according to a state-owned newspaper.Officials seized more than 2,520 diamonds,...
Financial-Legal Oct 01, 2020 Rapaport News
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Hong Kong Retail Remains Weak in August
Sales of jewelry and other luxury items in Hong Kong slid in August as coronavirus cases surged.Revenue from jewelry, watches, clocks and other valuable gifts plunged 38% year on year to HKD 2.46 billion ($317.5 million)...
Retail Sep 30, 2020 Rapaport News
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Sotheby’s to Sell 119ct. Sapphire in Hong Kong
Sotheby’s will sell a 119-carat, royal-blue, unheated Burmese sapphire in Hong Kong next week, the largest such stone the auction house has offered in 20 years. The cushion-shaped, 118.88-carat stone, surrounded by pear-shaped diamonds weighing...
Polished Markets Sep 29, 2020 Rapaport News
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Bonhams Appoints Hong Kong Jewelry Head
Bonhams has promoted Leslie Roskind to lead its Hong Kong jewelry department, it said Monday.Roskind, who has been with Bonhams since April 2019, will oversee the procuring and selling of jewelry in the municipality,...
Polished Markets Sep 21, 2020 Rapaport News
HK Sept 2019 show
Hong Kong Show to Go Virtual
The Hong Kong show usually scheduled for September will take place in an online-only format this year due to the coronavirus.Jewellery & Gem World Hong Kong, formerly the September Hong Kong Jewellery &...
Polished Markets Sep 01, 2020 Rapaport News
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Hong Kong Retail Continues to Slide in July
Sales of jewelry and other luxury items in Hong Kong plunged in July amid a continued lack of tourism and a resurgence in coronavirus cases.Revenue from jewelry, watches, clocks and other valuable gifts slid 54% year on year...
Retail Sep 01, 2020 Rapaport News
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Chow Sang Sang Turns Focus to China
Jeweler Chow Sang Sang will open more than 40 new stores in China by the end of the year, while closing a number of locations in Hong Kong.“Despite all the uncertainties brought on by the pandemic and geopolitical strife,...
Retail Aug 30, 2020 Rapaport News
ABN Amro branch in Terneuzen, The Netherlands
ABN Amro to Cease Hong Kong Diamond Lending
Dutch bank ABN Amro will close its Hong Kong diamond business in a major trimming of its global operations.The company is shutting the branch from which it lends to the local polished market, as part of a retreat from...
Financial-Legal Aug 13, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Hong Kong skyline
Hong Kong Trading Hits New Low
Polished-diamond imports into Hong Kong slumped in the second quarter as the Covid-19 pandemic damaged local demand. Shipments into the municipality fell 45% year on year to $2.24 billion, the weakest for any quarter...
Polished Markets Aug 09, 2020 Rapaport News
HK skyline
Hong Kong Retail Takes ‘Austere’ Turn
Hong Kong’s retail market took a turn for the worse this month amid the coronavirus’s resurgence, reversing a slight improvement in June, the government cautioned Thursday.The municipality has entered a third wave of infections, prompting...
Retail Jul 30, 2020 Rapaport News
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