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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
Jewelry at store in Delhi, India
Diwali Sales Shine as ‘Bored’ Consumers Return
Jewelry sales in India beat expectations during the Diwali season amid a release of pent-up demand and strong consumer confidence about future gold prices.Revenues were on a par with last year, or better, as Indians returned to shopping...
Retail Nov 26, 2020 Joshua Freedman
NRF Holiday 150
Sales Will Rise This Holiday, Retail Group Predicts
The National Retail Federation (NRF) has forecast strong growth in US holiday sales, as consumers look for something to celebrate even as coronavirus cases rise.Retail sales in November and December are forecast to advance 3.6% to 5.2% year...
Retail Nov 24, 2020 Rapaport News
Coronavirus
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 Nov 23, 2020 Rapaport News
Luk Fook HK 150
Luk Fook Warns of Profit Drop
Luk Fook has projected a sharp fall in revenue and profit for the first half of the fiscal year amid a resurgence in the coronavirus in the second quarter and its economic impact.Revenue declined 50% year...
Retail Nov 22, 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
De Beers rough sorting at Debmarine Namibia
De Beers Sees Third Consecutive Sales Increase
De Beers’ November sales cycle garnered $450 million as retail demand in the US and China supported manufacturers’ appetite for rough, the company reported Wednesday.The monthly total, covering the period from November 2 to 16, was...
Rough Markets Nov 18, 2020 Rapaport News
Alrosa 150
Alrosa Gives Cautious 2021 Production Outlook
Alrosa expects to maintain production at its current low levels next year, aiming to reduce inventories that built up during the pandemic.The Russian miner is discussing a production plan of 28 million to 30 million carats for 2021, which the...
Mining Nov 12, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Damtshaa mine De Beers
De Beers to Stop Production at Botswana Mine
Debswana, De Beers’ joint venture with Botswana, will pause mining at the Damtshaa deposit for an indefinite period, citing a lack of financial viability given market conditions.“In the current environment, the marginal cash flow produced...
Mining Nov 11, 2020 Rapaport News
Alrosa
Alrosa Sales Continue Upward Trend
Alrosa’s sales exceeded 2019 levels for the third consecutive month in October as the diamond market improved ahead of the holidays.The Russian miner saw sales of $310 million for the month, it said Tuesday — 17%...
Rough Markets Nov 10, 2020 Rapaport News
De Beers Insight Report Nov 2020
De Beers: Recovery to Extend ‘Well Beyond 2020’
The diamond sector’s rebound from the Covid-19 crisis will feature ups and downs that will continue into next year at least, De Beers predicted.“The demand recovery is not expected to be linear, particularly as localized lockdowns...
Retail Nov 10, 2020 Rapaport News
Asian Star jewelry
Sales Slump at Indian Manufacturer Asian Star
Asian Star’s sales fell in the second fiscal quarter as the coronavirus pandemic continued to affect business for the Indian manufacturer of diamonds and jewelry.Group revenue — including at subsidiaries — slid 38% year on year to INR 4.98...
Manufacturing Nov 09, 2020 Rapaport News
Michael Lerche Plumb Club podcast
Podcast: Plumb Club Moves with the Times
The pandemic and its impact on trade shows have forced the Plumb Club to help its members do business all year round, said president Michael Lerche.The coalition of 43 jewelry suppliers has been inextricably linked...
Polished Markets Nov 09, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Pandora store Cornmarket Oxford UK
Pandora Expects Hit from Second Lockdowns
Pandora has warned that fresh coronavirus-related restrictions could dampen the jeweler’s holiday sales and put the brakes on its steady recovery.The Danish retailer has maintained its financial guidance for the year...
Retail Nov 04, 2020 Rapaport News
De Beers rough diamonds
De Beers Lets Sightholders Defer Smaller Goods
De Beers is allowing customers to defer purchases of smaller rough at this week’s sight, as reduced manufacturing capacity in India has slashed demand.Sightholders can refuse to buy fancies, makeables and sawables up to 0.75 carats, and instead make the...
Rough Markets Nov 02, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Tiffany engagement rings
LVMH Seals Tiffany Takeover at Lower Price
Tiffany & Co. and LVMH have settled their public dispute, agreeing to a reduced price for their takeover deal after the French luxury group walked away last month. LVMH will pay $131.50...
Retail Oct 29, 2020 Rapaport News
Letseng diamonds
Letšeng Prices Exceed Pre-Pandemic Levels
Gem Diamonds’ sales rose sharply in the third quarter as rough prices from its lucrative Letšeng mine in Lesotho topped pre-coronavirus levels amid a recovery in the large-stone market.Revenue grew to $60.5 million in the three months...
Rough Markets Oct 28, 2020 Rapaport News
Rough diamonds in Calgary offices De Beers
De Beers Notes Recovery Ahead of Holidays
De Beers’ sales and production rebounded in the third quarter as the impending holiday season revitalized the diamond market following months of slow sales.Rough sales totaled 6.6 million carats during the three months ending...
Mining Oct 22, 2020 Rapaport News
Podcast Oct 2020
Podcast: Cash, Credit and Covid-19
The coronavirus crisis has split US jewelers into haves and have-nots, Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT) president Erich Jacobs told the Rapaport Diamond Podcast.Digital-savvy businesses have thrived while less advanced competitors — or those...
Financial-Legal Oct 20, 2020 Joshua Freedman
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
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