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Coronavirus Updates: Impact on the Diamond Trade
The COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the globe has had a notable impact on the diamond industry, with new developments unfolding every day. Here, we present a one-stop, running news feed on industry events impacted...
Polished Markets Apr 07, 2020 Rapaport News
Signet furloughs
Signet Temporarily Lays Off Workers
Signet Jewelers has furloughed a number of its employees to cut costs and ensure the long-term sustainability of its business.“Due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 and the closure of our stores, we have moved quickly to proactively reduce...
Retail Apr 01, 2020 Rapaport News
Signet
Signet Settles Shareholder Suit for $240M
Signet Jewelers has agreed to a $240 million settlement relating to a lawsuit filed by shareholders. The suit claims the company misled investors regarding allegations of sexual discrimination against its executives and the health of its credit...
Retail Mar 31, 2020 Rapaport News
Zales store in Wesley Chapel, Florida
Strong Holiday Lifts Signet to 4Q Profit
Signet Jewelers returned to profit in the fourth fiscal quarter and recorded growth in same-store sales, as the company’s turnaround plan appeared to be working before the coronavirus crisis hit.The retailer reported net income of $187.1 million...
Retail Mar 26, 2020 Rapaport News
Signet
Signet to Avoid Giving Sales Guidance
Signet Jewelers will not issue a forecast for the first quarter of its 2021 fiscal year as it weighs the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on its retail operations.“Retailers are already experiencing the severe impact…of COVID-19...
Retail Mar 24, 2020 Rapaport News
Kay Jewelers store Bethesda
Signet Closing All Stores in US, Canada
Signet Jewelers is shutting all its stores in North America due to the coronavirus, a company spokesperson confirmed with Rapaport News.The temporary closure goes into effect at the close of business on Sunday, the spokesperson said. It applies...
Retail Mar 22, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Tiffany US Retail
Tiffany, Macy’s Among Retailers Closing US Stores
A growing number of US retailers, including Tiffany & Co., are temporarily shuttering all locations across North America in an effort to stem the coronavirus spread.“Effective immediately, we’re temporarily closing all Tiffany stores in the US and Canada,...
Retail Mar 18, 2020 Rapaport News
WJA
WJA Campaign Targets Female Self-Purchasers
The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) has launched a new consumer-marketing campaign aimed at empowering women to buy jewelry for themselves.March Is Me Month will coincide with International Women’s Day, which takes place on March 8, as well as Women’s...
Retail Mar 03, 2020 Rapaport News
Signet
Signet Launches First Spanish-Language Ads
Signet Jewelers has introduced its first foreign-language advertising campaigns in the US market, targeting the growing number of Hispanic millennials expected to marry in the coming years.“They are a big customer group, and getting a lot bigger...
Retail Feb 20, 2020 Leah Meirovich
IDWI
Israel Diamond Week Lifts Local Trade
The International Diamond Week in Israel (IDWI) closed Wednesday with participants noting steady trading among local dealers in the absence of Chinese buyers.Delegations from China and Hong Kong were scheduled to attend the three-day...
Marketing Feb 13, 2020 Rapaport News
Sterling Jewelers Gender Bias
Sterling Takes Gender-Bias Case to Supreme Court
Sterling Jewelers has asked the US Supreme Court to reverse a lower-court ruling allowing an arbitrator to decide whether the company underpaid more than 70,000 women in a class action gender-bias case.The case alleges that Sterling — the...
Financial-Legal Feb 03, 2020 Rapaport News
Silver jewelry 150
RJC to Certify Silver Sourcing
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has added supply-chain certification for silver to its chain-of-custody standard.The certification, which is voluntary, allows those in the trade to offer verification that their materials are responsibly sourced. The...
Polished Markets Feb 03, 2020 Rapaport News
Zales
Signet Raises Forecast Following Strong Holiday
Sales at Signet Jewelers increased during the holiday season, prompting the retailer to raise its full-year outlook.Same-store sales — at branches open for at least a year — increased 1.6% for the nine weeks ending January 4, while...
Retail Jan 16, 2020 Rapaport News
Signet Kay
Signet Takes Hit Following Wells Fargo Report
Signet Jewelers is losing market share to competitors and faces risks from its credit operations, according to an analyst’s report that sent the retailer’s stock tumbling.Ike Boruchow, senior analyst at Wells Fargo, raised concerns that...
Retail Jan 08, 2020 Rapaport News
Signet when you come back
Signet Expands Lab-Grown Diamond Offering
Signet Jewelers is now offering jewelry featuring synthetic diamonds and gemstones at all of its major US banners, after asuccessful pilot in limited locations. “Lab-created diamonds are available in both fashion and bridaljewelry at James Allen, Kay,...
Retail Dec 16, 2019 Rapaport News
Podcast
Podcast: What’s in Store for the Holidays
With the holiday season well under way, the Rapaport Diamond Podcast debates different trends taking shape in the retail space. The discussion spans personalization, omnichannel, effective storytelling, being more open-minded, and...
Retail Dec 12, 2019 Rapaport News
Signet
Signet Raises Full-Year Outlook
Signet Jewelers’ shares jumped 6% in early trading Thursdayafter the retailer increased its sales forecast for the current fiscal year. The jeweler adjusted its guidance following a rise insame-store sales in the third fiscal...
Retail Dec 05, 2019 Rapaport News
Signet
Signet Increases Lab-Grown Footprint
Signet Jewelers has takenfurther steps into the synthetics market, launching lab-grown diamonds at itsKay and Jared brands. The move has commenced witha trial in five Kay stores.In addition, Signet has started selling...
Retail Oct 23, 2019 Rapaport News
RJC Plumb Club
Plumb Club Requires Members to Join RJC
The Plumb Club has become the first trade group to requireall members to sign up to the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). The supplier and manufacturer group hopes that other tradeassociations will follow suit, thereby...
Polished Markets Sep 22, 2019 Rapaport News
Signet
Signet Names New UK Managing Director
Signet Jewelers has appointed Neil Old as managing directorof its UK operations, where he will lead the team in implementing the Path toBrilliance program. Old, who will oversee the company’s British businessesincluding H. Samuel and...
Retail Sep 10, 2019 Rapaport News
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