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Consumers Ready to Spend on Gifts – Survey
US spending on holiday gifts will be similar to last year as consumers look to celebrate after the uncertainty and stress of the pandemic, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).“Consumers have demonstrated their resilience and adaptability throughout...
Retail Oct 22, 2020 Rapaport News
Luk Fook Hong Kong store
Luk Fook Suffers as Tourists Snub Hong Kong
Sales at Luk Fook slumped in the second fiscal quarter as the Hong Kong-based jeweler suffered from a continued slowdown in tourism and local demand in its home city.Group-wide same-store sales — at branches open for at least a year...
Retail Oct 19, 2020 Rapaport News
Chow Tai Fook store Chengdu China
China Resurgence Lifts Chow Tai Fook
Retail sales at Chow Tai Fook grew 2.6% year on year in the second fiscal quarter as a strong recovery in China outweighed continued weakness in Hong Kong.Sales rose 21% on the mainland while slumping 52% in Hong Kong...
Retail Oct 18, 2020 Rapaport News
Diamond jewelry retail
Jewelry Trade Continues to Shrink
The US jewelry industry continued to downsize in the third quarter, with 101 companies leaving the business, according to new data from the Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT).Nine firms went bankrupt, while 37 dropped out due...
Retail Oct 18, 2020 Rapaport News
TSL Malaysia story
Tse Sui Luen Expects Loss Amid Tourist Slowdown
Hong Kong-based jeweler Tse Sui Luen (TSL) expects to incur a net loss of at least HKD 40 million ($5.2 million) for the first fiscal half as the Covid-19 pandemic depressed the company’s sales.The loss for...
Polished Markets Oct 13, 2020 Rapaport News
Sarine Tiffany
LVMH Scraps Tiffany Deal; Tiffany Sues
LVMH has abandoned its acquisition of Tiffany & Co., citing a trade dispute between the US and France and a disagreement over the timing of the deal.Tiffany has sued LVMH in response, claiming that the luxury...
Retail Sep 09, 2020 Rapaport News
James Allen
Signet to Expand James Allen In-Store Format
Signet Jewelers plans to have James Allen e-commerce displays in 80 of its Jared locations this holiday season following a successful trial of the store-in-store concept. “Given positive sales results and strong traffic gains, we plan to expand...
Retail Sep 08, 2020 Rapaport News
Signet Kay Florida store shut during Covid-19
Signet Sales Better Than Expected
Signet Jewelers’ revenue and profit beat expectations in the second fiscal quarter as stores unlocked their doors and the retailer upgraded its digital capabilities.“Sales improved sequentially throughout the second quarter as we reopened stores...
Retail Sep 03, 2020 Rapaport News
Tiffany
Tiffany Sees Glimmer of Hope as Profit Slumps
Tiffany & Co. reported a sharp decline in profit in the second fiscal quarter but noted sales have returned to pre-pandemic levels in August. “Our global sales trends have strengthened in August, with preliminary month-to-date worldwide...
Retail Aug 27, 2020 Rapaport News
SK lab grown diamonds
SK Jewellery Sees Profit Slump
Singapore-based SK Jewellery Group reported a sharp drop in earnings during the first half of 2020 as store closures and other restrictions implemented during the coronavirus pandemic impacted sales. Net profit fell 81% to SGD 514,000...
Retail Aug 18, 2020 Rapaport News
Birks Group
Birks Could Face Delisting After Losses
The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has told Birks Group it is no longer compliant with its listing rules, after the Canadian jeweler incurred losses for four consecutive fiscal years.NYSE American, the exchange’s...
Retail Aug 17, 2020 Rapaport News
Retail shopper
US Retail Sales Increase in July
US retail sales recorded their third consecutive rise in July, government data showed, as stores gradually resumed operations and devised ways of serving customers during the pandemic.Revenues of $536 billion for the month were 1.2%...
Retail Aug 16, 2020 Rapaport News
Alrosa rough
Alrosa Expects October Recovery
Alrosa has predicted a return to pre-pandemic rough sales levels in October, observing a promising combination of midstream shortages and growing retail demand. Executives made the forecast Friday following the release of the miner’s second-quarter results,...
Mining Aug 16, 2020 Rapaport News
Shelby Sterrett Fana
Jewelry Brand Fana Names Sales Specialists
Fana, a New York-based bridal and fine-jewelry brand, has appointed three senior staff members to shore up its sales operations and interactions with retail partners.Shelby Sterrett, who joined the company in February, will lead...
Retail Aug 13, 2020 Rapaport News
Forevermark diamond ring
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
Rich Shatz
Estate Jewelry Proves Robust During Covid-19
The estate-jewelry sector has fared well during the Covid-19 crisis as customers have continued to show interest in designer goods, dealer Rick Shatz told the Jewelry Connoisseur Podcast.Higher-end clients — on whom the pandemic has...
Retail Aug 06, 2020 Rapaport News
HK skyline
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
Jewelry store display
Mom-and-Pop Stores Doing OK – for Now
Independent US jewelers have weathered the Covid-19 crisis well, but face a serious challenge if the pandemic persists, according to Jewelers of America (JA) CEO David Bonaparte.“Mainstream mom-and-pop retail jewelers, especially the ones that are...
Retail Jul 22, 2020 Joshua Freedman
A Titan store in Deoghar, Jharkhand.
Titan Sales Slump as Lockdown Hits India
Revenue at Titan Company dropped sharply in the past two months during India’s coronavirus lockdown, but the jewelry retailer noted encouraging signs as restrictions eased.Jewelry sales fell more than 80% year on year in May...
Retail Jul 09, 2020 Rapaport News
Back in business
Jewelers See Positive Signs as Business Restarts
Times are hard for luxury in general, and jewelry in particular. In a recent survey by McKinsey & Company, jewelry was one of the luxury products consumers were most willing to forgo post-Covid-19, considering the financial crisis...
Retail Jul 02, 2020 Leah Meirovich
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