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Rapaport TradeWire December 26, 2019

Good momentum as Mastercard reports holiday jewelry sales +1.8%, driven by +8.8% growth in e-commerce
Dec 26, 2019 10:37 AM   By Rapaport
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December 26, 2019
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Good momentum as Mastercard reports holiday jewelry sales +1.8%, driven by +8.8% growth in e-commerce. General retail +3.4%. Mall traffic down but more people buying. Stores focused on creating unique customer experience. Tiffany & Co. holiday revenue up 1% to 3%, with strength in China and improvement in Europe and America. Polished trading slow as dealers close for Christmas-New Year. Diamantaires preparing for post-season demand, but manufacturers cautious about raising factory production. Lower rough supply, tech-driven efficiency and ethical sourcing to shape diamond industry in next decade. Rapaport wishes everyone a happy, healthy, ‎prosperous and peaceful New Year.

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RAPNET DIAMOND INDEX (RAPI)
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Weekly Monthly Y2Y
0.30 ct -0.26% 0.85% -8.74%
0.50 ct -0.32% 0.65% -6.21%
1.00 ct -0.16% -0.44% -5.66%
3.00 ct 0.02% -0.18% -16.56%
RAPI Yearly Graph
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Market Reports
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United States: Retail sentiment positive amid steady holiday shopping...
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Belgium: Very little trading with bourses closed until Jan. 6...
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Israel: Focus now on meeting Far East demand for Jan. 25 Chinese New Year and developing strategy for 2020...
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India: Local jewelers focused on gold products during wedding season...
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Hong Kong: Some seasonal improvement in retail, but sales still significantly below previous years as protests continue...
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WEEKLY NEWS
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Online Spending Buoys Holiday Jewelry Sales
E-commerce purchases for sector up 9% for the season.
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Tiffany Holiday Sales Rise as US Recovers
CEO notes “momentum shift” in Americas region.
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Pandora Appoints New Chairman
Peter Ruzicka’s nomination is part of jeweler’s brand relaunch.
industry
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HRD Names New CEO Amid Sale Process
Ellen Joncheere to succeed interim chief Michel Janssens.
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Graff Buys 21ct. Polished Yellow from Alrosa
Miner recovered 34.17-carat rough in 2017 at its Ebelyakh deposit.
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JA Campaign Successful with Consumers
Group will expand “Another Piece of Your Story” marketing drive.
mining
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Mountain Province Production to Rise
Miner expects output of 6.75 million to 6.95 million carats at Gahcho Kué next year.
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Australia Sells Ellendale Mining Rights
Gibb River plans to restart production at site famous for its high-value yellow diamonds.
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Firestone Forecasts Weak Rough Pricing
Miner is engaging with lenders to ensure it can sustain operations through the current downturn.
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New Pipe Proves Fruitful for Mountain Province
Company believes Wilson deposit could extend life of its mine.
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India’s Diamond Exports Fall in November
Polished shipments decline by value and volume.
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Hong Kong Slump Disrupts Swiss Watches
Unrest in municipality outweighs improvement in US orders.
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Sotheby’s Reflects on 10 Years of Records
59.60-carat CTF Pink Star was highest-priced jewel sold, garnering $71.2 million in 2017.
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US Polished Imports Decline
October shipments suffer steepest drop since 2009.
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Israel Diamond Week Goes International
Exchange decides to expand entry due to high demand from foreign traders.
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FINANCE
Diamond Industry Stock Report
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Global retail stocks rose as the US and China approached a trade agreement. J.C. Penney (+3.8%), Chow Sang Sang (+6%), Luk Fook (+6%), Pandora (+6%) and LVMH (+3.6%) all increased. The mining sector also had a positive week, with Lucara (+9%) climbing following promising sales, and Lucapa (+10%) also gaining. Firestone (-10%) fell after disappointing annual results.

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