China’s gold demand back on growth track, led by sales of bullions and wedding jewellery

November 1, 2017

Beijing (Nov 1)  China’s appetite for gold has resumed, as a stronger-than-expected economic growth boosted confidence in gift-giving and increased the demand for wedding jewellery, while a crackdown on remittances diverted the country’s investors to park their capital in the precious metal.

Total demand, including jewellery, bullions and industrial gold but excluding the central bank’s purchases, rose 15.5 per cent to 815.9 tonnes in the first three quarters, according to the China Gold Association’s data. That’s a reversal from the same period in 2016, when demand fell 12.8 per cent.

Jewellery sales led the increase in volume, with demand rising 7.4 per cent to 503.9 tonnes, compared with a 20 per cent slump in the same period last year.

“There are signs that gold jewellery demand is back on a growth track this year,” said the association’s deputy chairman Zhang Yongtao. “The momentum is partly due to recovering prices since the beginning of the year, and more young consumers tying the knot, particularly in China’s smaller cities, which boosted demand for wedding jewellery.”

Newlyweds in China, especially the bride in villages or lower-tiered cities, are typically decked out in gold jewellery, as conspicuous displays of social status and fortune. With China’s economy growth accelerating to 6.9 per cent in the first three quarters, a -so-called accelerator effect has been created ti increase spending, he said.


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