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Erich Jacobs
JBT Amends Credit Reports to Account for COVID-19
The Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT) will issue two parallel credit ratings for companies during the current crisis to reflect the impact of the shutdown on cash flow.The organization’s credit reports, which score jewelers’...
Retail Apr 07, 2020 Rapaport News
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How Three Jewelers Are Coping During COVID-19
Can my company survive this crisis? How long will the shutdown last? Should I lay my workers off? Should I apply for government support? The coronavirus outbreak has left US jewelers with a string of questions. There...
Retail Apr 07, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Namdeb employee sorting through rough diamonds.
De Beers Cancels March-April Sight
De Beers has called off this week’s sight in Botswana, citing restrictions resulting from measures to contain the coronavirus.Lockdowns in Botswana, South Africa and India are prohibiting sightholders from traveling and preventing the shipment...
Rough Markets Mar 30, 2020 Rapaport News
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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
De Beers Botswana
De Beers Sight Still On Despite Travel Ban
De Beers’ upcoming sight in Botswana will still take place despite the country’s ban on arrivals from the US, China, India and Belgium, the miner has confirmed.“While this is an extraordinary situation and COVID-19 has...
Rough Markets Mar 18, 2020 Joshua Freedman
JCK Las Vegas 2019
JCK Las Vegas to Go Ahead
The JCK Las Vegas and Luxury shows will take place as planned, their organizer has confirmed, allaying fears the coronavirus would jeopardize the events.“At this time of global concern, Reed Exhibitions and...
Polished Markets Mar 04, 2020 Rapaport News
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Macy’s Notes Solid Quarter for Jewelry
Jewelry was among the best-performing categories at Macy’s during the fourth fiscal quarter, even as overall sales declined at the department-store chain.Group revenue dropped 1.4% year on year to $8.34 billion in the three months ending...
Retail Mar 03, 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
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US Trade Slowdown Continues
US diamond shipments fell in November, according to government data. Polished imports declined19% as lower volumes outweighed an increase in the average price. US Trade Data for November 2019 Nov 2019 Year-on-year change Polished imports $1,382 -19%...
Polished Markets Jan 13, 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
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US Consumer Spending Unlikely to Grow Soon
Consumer confidence fell slightly in December, The Conference Board reported, forecasting that spending would not improve significantly in early 2020.The business-data provider’s Consumer Confidence Index decreased marginally in December to 126.5 from 126.8 in November,...
Retail Jan 06, 2020 Rapaport News
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US Polished Imports Decline
The USdiamond trade continued to slow in October. Polished imports fell 38% to $1.45billion for the month, marking the steepest year-on-year drop since 2009 andthe seventh consecutive month of decline, according to Rapaport records. Polished...
Polished Markets Dec 25, 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
New York
US Polished Trade Continues to Decline
US polished-diamondimports fell 24% to $1.48 billion in September, according to the latest datafrom the US Commerce Department. The decline reflected lower volumes and a dropin the average price. Polished imports fell 13% to $15.37 billion for...
Polished Markets Dec 01, 2019 Rapaport News
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US Diamond Shipments Drop in August
US polished-diamondimports fell 25% to $1.3 billion in August, reflecting a decline in volumes andaverage price. Imports were down 11% for the first eight months of the year,according to the latest data from the US Commerce Department. US Trade...
Polished Markets Oct 30, 2019 Rapaport News
De Beers Insight Report Oct 2019
More Brides Buying Their Own Engagement Rings
US women increasingly buy engagement rings forthemselves, and spend more on them than their partners do, De Beers said Mondayin its annual Diamond Insight Report. The proportion of engagement rings financed solely by brides rose...
Retail Oct 29, 2019 Rapaport News
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LVMH Proposes Tiffany Takeover
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has approached Tiffany & Co. about acquiring the US jeweler for almost $15 billion, according to media reports. The Paris-based luxury group submitted a non-binding offerto Tiffany earlier...
Retail Oct 27, 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
Costco
Costco Sells $220,000 Diamond Ring
Costco sold a diamond ring worth $220,000 in the fourth fiscal quarter, the membership-based warehouse retailer saidearlier this month. Executivevice president and chief financial officer Richard Galanti confirmed thesale during the company’s...
Retail Oct 16, 2019 Rapaport News
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