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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
New York 47th street
US Polished Imports Decline
USpolished-diamond imports dropped 21% to $1.6 billion in July, according to thelatest data from the Commerce Department. This year’s downwardtrend has continued, with polished imports falling 10% for the first seven months.The average...
Polished Markets Sep 24, 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
Imports
How Trump’s Tariffs Could Affect the Trade
Long before the threat of tariffs on Chinese goods loomed large,brick-and-mortar retailers in the US were facing challenges. So far this year,US retailers have announced plans to shut down over 7,000 stores after almost6,000 closed in 2018,...
Financial-Legal Aug 11, 2019 Lara Ewen
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
NY jewelry store
US Polished Imports Rise in 1Q
Shipments of polished diamonds to the US grew 4% to $5.51billion in the first quarter, as a stronger March canceled out a negative startto the year. Imports rose 13% to $2.23 billion for the month, compared with a1% rise in January...
Polished Markets Jun 06, 2019 Rapaport News
PGI platinum and diamond engagement ring 150
Platinum Jewelry Sales Saw Strong 2018
Platinum-jewelry demand grew in India and the US in 2018, as younger consumers and male buyers responded strongly to marketing campaigns,Platinum Guild International (PGI) reported. US sales at PGI’s retail members grew 11% amid stronggrowth in the bridal...
Retail May 27, 2019 Rapaport News
Caryl Capeci Chow Tai Fook
Chow Tai Fook Launches US Hub
Hong Kong-based jeweler Chow Tai Fook has launched abusiness hub in Boston that will supply products and services to US retailers. Chow Tai Fook North America (CTFNA) will operate as awholesaler, offering customized diamond...
Polished Markets May 08, 2019 Rapaport News
NY diamond district
US Polished Imports Drop in Early 2019
The US polished-diamond trade was sluggish in the firsttwo months of the year, with imports declining and exports stable. Bothcategories recorded a weaker February than January. The drops in import valuereflected a lower average price in both...
Polished Markets May 02, 2019 Rapaport News
Sierra Leone
Rapaport Proposes Sierra Leone Diamond Reform
RAPAPORT PRESSRELEASE, April 17, 2019, New York … The Rapaport Trade Mission to Sierra Leoneattracted a strong group of 29 international diamantaires and jewelers. Participants were from theUS, India, UAE, UK, Switzerland, Turkey, Canada, Spain, and...
Fair Trade Apr 17, 2019 Rapaport
Jewelry store New York diamond district
US Trade Confident as Polished Imports Surge
Dealers expressed optimism for the US diamond marketafter polished imports rose last year to their highest level since 2014.Shipments to the country jumped 8% to $23.3 billion in2018, according to the US Census Bureau, despite more modest...
Polished Markets Apr 03, 2019 Joshua Freedman
Time to reengage with bridal
Time for the Trade to Reengage with Bridal
There’s a caveat that Stephen Lussier emphasizes when marketing diamonds to millennials as a symbol of love. The industry needs to recognize that love may not entail the formality of marriage, the De Beers head of marketing stressed in an interview...
Marketing Mar 13, 2019 Avi Krawitz
Reuven Kaufman podcast
Podcast: The New York View
Rapaport News caught up with Reuven Kaufman, president of New York’s Diamond Dealers Club (DDC), to gauge the mood in the US trade at the start of 2019.Retailers had a good holiday season, but have been wary about...
Polished Markets Jan 31, 2019 Rapaport News
DPA
DPA Appoints North America Chief
The Diamond Producers Association (DPA) has appointed former VanCleef & Arpels marketing executive Kristina Buckley Kayel as managingdirector for North America. Buckley Kayel will be in charge of developing andimplementing the DPA’s consumer-marketing and...
Marketing Jan 06, 2019 Rapaport News
Lightbox
De Beers’ Lightbox Chief Reveals 2019 Plans
De Beers shocked the industry in May by announcing it would launcha line of fashion jewelry featuring laboratory-grown diamonds. Lightbox Jewelrystarted selling the products online in September, and it’s now looking atexpansion options.The main opportunity to develop...
Retail Dec 27, 2018 Joshua Freedman
US Data
US Polished Trade Surged in October
The US saw a sharp increase in imports and exports of polisheddiamonds in October, according to data from the US Census Bureau. Inboundshipments hit a record level for any month other than May,which is boosted by preparations for the annual...
Polished Markets Dec 26, 2018 Rapaport News
Made in the USA
Rapaport Magazine: US Manufacturing
The future of US manufacturing is the focus of RapaportMagazine’s November cover feature, with interviewees from across theindustry lending their views on the matter. US companies are increasingly sending work to overseasmanufacturers for cost reasons. Reversing that...
Manufacturing Nov 08, 2018 Rapaport News
New York
US Polished Imports Continue to Grow
US polished-diamond imports rose 16%in August, continuing an upward trend for the year. The August growth reflectedhigher volumes (up 22% to 894,066 carats), with the average price slipping 5%to $2,016 per carat. A higher...
Polished Markets Nov 04, 2018 Rapaport News
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