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Alibaba Sees Record Singles’ Day Sales
Singles’ Day has continued to grow as a major onlineshopping occasion in China, with Alibaba Group reporting record sales through itse-commerce sites. The total value of transactions on the Chinese retailgiant’s platforms rose 26% to CNY 268.4...
Retail Nov 12, 2019 Rapaport News
Bailey Banks & Biddle store Houston Texas
Bailey Banks & Biddle Files for Chapter 11
The parent company of Bailey Banks & Biddle, whichclaims to be the US’s oldest nationwide jeweler, has filed for Chapter 11bankruptcy in Texas, according to a court document. Houston-based BBB Group estimated both assets andliabilities of up to $50,000...
Retail Nov 11, 2019 Rapaport News
Pandora
Pandora Slashes Sales Forecast
Shares in Pandora dropped 18% Tuesday after the Danish jeweler lowered its full-year revenue outlook. The retailer reduced its forecast to a decline of 7% to 9%,from its earlier range of -3% to -7%, despite efforts to reignite sales...
Retail Nov 05, 2019 Rapaport News
Engagement
Couples Prefer Customization over Size
Couples are prioritizing personalization and overall costand quality rather than size when buying engagement rings, according to asurvey by wedding-planning resource The Knot. Some 45% of engagement rings contain custom-designedelements, the publication noted...
Retail Nov 05, 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
Tiffany necklace
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
Diamond engagement ring
UBS Predicts Drop in Diamond-Jewelry Sales
Global diamond-jewelry demand will decline 2% this year asstock-market volatility in the US is likely to affect consumer sentiment, UBSpredicted. “Demand in 2019 [to date] has been lackluster, and we expecta modest decline in global diamond-jewelry sales in [the...
Retail Oct 02, 2019 Rapaport News
John McCullough
James Avery Picks Non-Family Member as CEO
James Avery Artisan Jewelry has named John McCullough as CEO— the first non-family member to lead the Texas-based retailer. McCullough, who was previously chief operating officer (COO),succeeds Chris Avery, who has been...
Mining Sep 10, 2019 Rapaport News
Alrosa Lomonosov deposit
Alrosa Falls Victim to Changing Retail Practices
Retailers’ attempts to maintain low diamond inventories are hurtingdemand across the trade, Alrosa warned after reporting its lowest quarterlysales since 2015. The Russian miner’s sales slumped 26% to $807 million in thesecond quarter...
Mining Jul 18, 2019 Rapaport News
Michael Hill CEO
Michael Hill to Repay Workers up to $17M
Michael Hill will hand out between AUD 10 million ($7million) and AUD 25 million (just under $17.5 million) to compensate retail employeesin Australia, after discovering it had been underpaying them. The jeweler had been...
Retail Jul 11, 2019 Rapaport News
Gucci
Gucci Forays into High-End Jewelry
Luxury fashion house Gucci has made a move into high jewelrywith the inauguration of its first boutique and a collection by creativedirector Alessandro Michele. The store, which is dedicated exclusively to jewelry,opened on July 2 in Paris’s historic Place...
Retail Jul 07, 2019 Rapaport News
Net a Porter
Net-a-Porter to Debut VIP-Only Site
High-end online retailer Net-a-Porter isset to launch an invitation-only digital platform, selling exclusive jewelry toits most loyal members. From later this month, customers whohave been awarded EIP (Extremely Important People) status by Net-a-Porter...
Retail Jul 04, 2019 Rapaport News
Hong Kong retail
Protests Dent Hong Kong Retail Outlook
Retail sales in Hong Kongare set to fall by 5% in 2019, with the decline expected to be even sharper inthe luxury-goods market, which includes jewelry. The new estimate, publishedlast week by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), is a downgrade on its previousforecast. The...
Retail Jul 03, 2019 Rapaport News
Image: A Kay Jewelers store in New Jersey. (Shutte
Signet Revenue Drops in First Quarter
Signet Jewelers has lowered its sales outlook for the restof the year, after revenue fell in the first fiscal quarter. Total sales declined 3.3% to $1.43 billion in the threemonths ending May 4, the...
Retail Jun 06, 2019 Rapaport News
Alrosa colored diamond polished
Alrosa to Sell Directly to Consumers
Alrosa is launching a source-of-origin program that will enable dealers and consumers to buy polished diamonds with detailed provenance information.The Russian miner will create an “electronic passport” for each diamond on a new website, diamonds.alrosa.ru, presenting...
Retail Jun 04, 2019 Rapaport News
James Allen synthetic
Signet Enters Lab-Grown Market
James Allen has launched sales of lab-grown diamonds,marking parent company Signet Jewelers’ entry into the synthetics market. The e-commerce business, which Signet acquired in 2017,now gives consumers the option of “earth-created” or “lab-created” stones...
Retail May 05, 2019 Rapaport News
Diamond Show - Rapaport Polished Diamonds 150
Webinar: The Way Forward in a Slow Market
What’s the current state of the rough, polished and retail markets?Avi Krawitz, Rapaport’s Senior Analyst and News Editor, analyzes the key trendsin this hour-long webinar. Click here for more.
Polished Markets Apr 18, 2019 Avi Krawitz
Peder Tuborgh
Pandora Chairman Quits Amid Reshuffle
Pandora chairman Peder Tuborgh is set to leave the Danishjewelry maker. This comes just one month after the company appointed veteranconsumer-brand executive Alexander Lacik as its new CEO. These significant leadership changes form...
Retail Mar 14, 2019 Rapaport News
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