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Diamonds High on Holiday Gift Lists
Consumers are showing strong interest in buying diamonds for their loved ones this holiday season, seeing a need to give something special following an uncertain year, according to a survey by De Beers.In the US, almost 60% of men...
Retail Aug 11, 2020 Rapaport News
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Hong Kong Trading Hits New Low
Polished-diamond imports into Hong slumped in the second quarter as the Covid-19 pandemic damaged local demand. Shipments into the municipality fell 45% year on year to $2.24 billion, the weakest for any quarter since...
Polished Markets Aug 09, 2020 Rapaport News
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Hong Kong Retail Takes ‘Austere’ Turn
Hong Kong’s retail market took a turn for the worse this month amid the coronavirus’s resurgence, reversing a slight improvement in June, the government cautioned Thursday.The municipality has entered a third wave of infections, prompting...
Retail Jul 30, 2020 Rapaport News
Bulgari store in Ginza, Tokyo.
LVMH Revenue Dives as Tourism Dries Up
LVMH, which owns Bulgari and Chaumet, saw sales of watches and jewelry slump in the first half of 2020 as the coronavirus reduced tourist spending and affected demand from wholesale customers.The category endured the...
Retail Jul 28, 2020 Rapaport News
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Watch Exports to Hong Kong and US Still Weak
Swiss watch exports dropped heavily in June as continued slowdowns in Hong Kong and the US outweighed a recovery in China.Total shipments fell 35% year on year to CHF 1.13 billion ($1.21 billion), the fourth consecutive monthly decline,...
Watches Jul 21, 2020 Rapaport News
Harry Winston London.
Virus Hits Swatch Group’s Bottom Line
Swatch Group, the owner of Harry Winston and Omega, recorded the first half-year loss in its history as the coronavirus devastated sales from February onward.Sales dived 46% to CHF 2.2 billion ($2.34 billion) in the...
Retail Jul 21, 2020 Rapaport News
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September Hong Kong Show Now in November
The September Hong Kong show has been postponed to November due to the coronavirus and related travel restrictions, organizer Informa Markets said Wednesday.Jewellery & Gem World (JGW) Hong Kong, formerly the September...
Polished Markets Jul 08, 2020 Rapaport News
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India Extends Import Curbs as Surat Shuts Again
Indian trade bodies have recommended continued limits on rough-diamond imports in July, with a fresh weeklong shutdown of the Surat cutting sector adding to concerns about the market.The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC)...
Polished Markets Jul 01, 2020 Joshua Freedman
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Chow Tai Fook Expanding China Store Count
Pandemic or not, Chow Tai Fook has no intention of slowing its expansion into China, with plans to open approximately 450 stores on the mainland during the current fiscal year, managing director Kent Wong told...
Retail Jun 29, 2020 Avi Krawitz
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Rough Prices Climb at Grib Auction in Antwerp
Grib Diamonds noted a modest increase in rough prices versus pre-lockdown levels as demand returned following a two-month pause in sales.The Belgian company, which sells production from AGD Diamonds’ Grib mine in Russia, brought in just over...
Rough Markets Jun 18, 2020 Rapaport News
Chow Tai Fook
Chow Tai Fook Sees Dim Hong Kong Outlook
Chow Tai Fook expects sales in Hong Kong to remain weak after reporting a sharp slump in revenue and profit due to the coronavirus. Consumer demand was slow in the municipality in April and May as tourists stayed...
Retail Jun 11, 2020 Rapaport News
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Tiffany Sees ‘Robust Recovery’ in China
Tiffany & Co. reported a strong rebound in its operations in mainland China during April and May, after Covid-19 lockdowns resulted in heavy first-quarter losses for the jeweler. “While sales in key markets like the...
Retail Jun 09, 2020 Rapaport News
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Hong Kong Polished Imports Slump
Polished-diamond imports into Hong Kong plummeted 54% to $2.33 billion in the first three months of 2020, reaching their lowest quarterly total since 2009, as the coronavirus hit demand. Polished exports fell 45% to $2.12...
Polished Markets May 27, 2020 Rapaport News
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Diamond Markets Reflect Uncertain Outlook
RAPAPORT PRESS RELEASE, May 5, 2020, Las Vegas… Diamond trading was restricted in April due to the coronavirus pandemic and global lockdowns. Sentiment was weak, with dealers frustrated by the inability to resume business. The...
Polished Markets May 05, 2020 Rapaport
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India’s Cutting Sector Faces Decade-Low Revenues
India’s polishing revenues will plummet to their lowest in a decade this year, as prices have dropped and inventory has built up, a credit agency has warned.Diamond sales will decline up to 32%, to $13 billion to $15 billion,...
Polished Markets Apr 28, 2020 Rapaport News
Luk Fook store MixC World in Shenzhen Bay
Luk Fook Hit by COVID-19 Closures
Luk Fook’s same-store sales dropped 57% in the fourth fiscal quarter amid extensive retail closures for the first two months of the year and sluggish footfall in March.The jeweler saw a 60% year-on-year slide...
Retail Apr 22, 2020 Rapaport News
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March Shutdown Hits Swiss Watch Exports
Swiss watch exports slumped in March amid continued market pressures resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.Shipments slid 22% to CHF 1.36 billion ($1.4 billion) for the month, with most markets declining significantly, the...
Watches Apr 21, 2020 Rapaport News
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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
Namdeb employee sorting through rough diamonds.
De Beers Cancels March-April Sight
De Beers has called off this week’s sight in Botswana, citing restrictions resulting from measures to contain the coronavirus.Lockdowns in Botswana, South Africa and India are prohibiting sightholders from traveling and preventing the shipment...
Rough Markets Mar 30, 2020 Rapaport News
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China Showing Positive Signs, Says Kering
Kering, the owner of Gucci, Saint Laurent and Boucheron, said demand in China was starting to recover, even as the effects of the coronavirus intensified in other locations.“The group is observing encouraging signs in mainland China, where the...
Retail Mar 22, 2020 Rapaport News
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