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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
India Bharat Diamond Bourse
Exports Restart at India’s Bharat Diamond Bourse
Mumbai has dispatched its first diamond exports since India’s lockdown started, after the regional government allowed limited activities to resume at the city’s Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB).The first shipments took place on Tuesday,...
Polished Markets May 14, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Polished Diamonds
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
Melee at De Beers Industry Group Services Surat
Eight Surat Cutting Units Return to Work
India has resumed manufacturing and exports of gems and jewelry, as the country starts to ease its restrictions following five weeks of lockdown.Eight production units in Surat, the country’s diamond-cutting hub, have begun operations at the...
Polished Markets May 04, 2020 Rapaport News
Diamond manufacturing in Antwerp
Belgian Exports Slump as COVID-19 Hits US
Belgium’s polished-diamond exports dropped 51% to $513.7 million in March, reflecting the impact of the coronavirus on global shipments.Exports to the US fell 47% to $152.9 million, according to data from the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, as the pandemic...
Polished Markets Apr 28, 2020 Rapaport News
Melee diamonds at De Beers Group Industry Services
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
Rolex display window
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
Hong Kong retail coronavirus
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
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