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Hong Kong Retail Sales Plummet 79% in February
Sales of jewelry and other hard-luxury items in Hong Kong slumped to an all-time low in February due to the coronavirus, according to government data.Revenues from jewelry, watches, clocks and other valuable gifts dropped 79% year on year...
Retail Mar 31, 2020 Rapaport News
HK Mar show 2019
Hong Kong Shows Suspend Preparations
The organizer of the May Hong Kong shows has put its plans for the events on hold, as quarantine rules have made it impossible to host an international fair.Measures enforced by the Hong Kong government on March 19 require...
Polished Markets Mar 23, 2020 Rapaport News
India GST
Indian Exporters Get Reprieve from Banks
Indian banks have agreed to offer special concessions to diamond exporters to help them deal with late payments resulting from the coronavirus outbreak.Companies will have extra months to repay loans they take to fund overseas...
Financial-Legal Mar 19, 2020 Rapaport News
IDE
Israel Bourse Offers Two-Month Fee Discount
The Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) has temporarily reduced fees for members due to the severe slowdown in trading resulting from the coronavirus outbreak.IDE president Yoram Dvash announced a 50% discount on membership charges and...
Polished Markets Mar 17, 2020 Rapaport News
Rough and polished diamonds at International Diamo
Israel Eases Trading Rules After Exports Plummet
Israel’s diamond regulator has granted temporary concessions to promote shipments to and from countries affected by the coronavirus, after exports slumped in February.Dealers can now spend 90 days inspecting polished goods from certain virus-hit countries...
Polished Markets Mar 12, 2020 Rapaport News
Chow Tai Fook Hong Kong store
Coronavirus Pummels Chow Tai Fook’s Sales
Sales at Chow Tai Fook dropped 60% in Hong Kong and Macau and 42%in mainland China in the first two months of the year as stores shut for muchof the period.“In response to the measures of local...
Retail Mar 11, 2020 Rapaport News
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
China customs officials
China’s Diamond Trade Weighs Virus Effect
Chinese retail is almost dead, the country’s bourses are quiet, and even importing rough goods has been fraught with obstacles. Diamond dealers expect a release of pent-up demand when the coronavirus goes away,...
Polished Markets Feb 25, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Hong Kong data
Hong Kong Polished Imports Drop in 2019
Polished-diamond imports to Hong Kong declined 13% in 2019 according to data from the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, China. Polished imports fell 17% in the fourth quarter, the official figures showed. The decline reflected...
Polished Markets Feb 09, 2020 Rapaport News
Hong Kong during coronavirus Jan 2020
Hong Kong Shows Postponed Due to Coronavirus
Organizers of two upcoming jewelry trade shows in Hong Kong have postponed the events as the coronavirus continues to spread beyond mainland China.The Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show, which was due...
Polished Markets Feb 04, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Luk Fook Hong Kong store 2016
Luk Fook to Reduce Hong Kong Presence
Luk Fook plans to scale back its Hong Kong store network and expand in mainland China and Macau, as events in the region have influenced consumer spending.The retailer expects a “single-digit” decrease in the number of rental...
Retail Jan 20, 2020 Rapaport News
Enzo
Chow Tai Fook Buys Chinese Retailer Enzo
Chow Tai Fook has acquired Enzo Jewelry, a colored-gemstone brand with around 60 retail locations in mainland China.Enzo, founded in 2004, targets “modern, sophisticated and self-confident women who demand fashionable jewelry with a highly distinctive...
Retail Jan 19, 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
HK protest
Chow Tai Fook to Shut Stores in Hong Kong
Chow Tai Fook intends to close up to 15 stores in Hong Kong as street protests and a tourism slowdown have hit sales.Leases on more than 40 of the jeweler’s 91 retail locations in the municipality are due to expire during the fiscal...
Retail Jan 14, 2020 Rapaport News
ALROSA Rough2
Alrosa Releases 2020 Supply Schedule
Alrosa has published its schedule of contract sales and auctions for next year.The Russian miner has maintained its format of monthly sales under the Alrosa Alliance, its long-term supply program. It will also...
Mining Dec 31, 2019 Rapaport News
Intersection in front of Tiffany Fifth Avenue
Tiffany Holiday Revenue Rises as US Recovers
Tiffany & Co. noted a “momentum shift” in the Americas during the holidays, as growth in the region contributed to an overall increase in sales for the season.Company-wide revenue climbed by 1% to 3% year on year for the period from November...
Retail Dec 26, 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
Chow Tai Fook
Chow Tai Fook Sales Slump
Hong Kong-based jeweler Chow Tai Fook has reported adownward trend in sales across both mainland China and Hong Kong in the secondfiscal quarter. Same-store sales of gold products — at branches open for atleast 12 months...
Retail Oct 17, 2019 Rapaport News
Diamond Trade with Loupe
Diamond Trade Cautious Ahead of Holiday Season
RAPAPORT PRESS RELEASE, October 7, 2019, Las Vegas…Diamond market sentiment was weak in September after the Hong Kong show demonstrated a slowdown in Chinese demand.Buyers from mainland China are cautious. The US-China trade war,...
Polished Markets Oct 07, 2019 Rapaport
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