Jewellery in India, the US and the UK – the highlights of Q3 2014
global gold demand
According to the latest Gold Demand Trends report from the World Gold Council, covering
the period Julyto September 2014,global demand for gold was down just 2% year on year to
929 tonnes (t).
Overall jewellery demand softened slightly down 4% to 534t, when compared with an
exceptional quarter in 2013.Taking a slightly longer term view, Q3 2014 jewellery demand
was marginally stronger than the quarterly average of 527.6t. Year todate volumes continue
to extend the broad uptrend from the low seen in 2009.
Looking behind this overall number, inIndia,jewellery demandsaw a 60% year on year
increase to 183t in Q3 2014, the second highest Q3 on record for the country. While the
increase is partly reflective of the weakness in Q3 in India last year -when the government
introduced import curbs and raised import duties – it also demonstrates the resilience of the
country’s appetite for gold jewellery. Improved consumer confidence in both the domestic
economy and the new government added to the positive sentiment, with strong levels of
purchasingbeing seen in the build up to Diwali.
In China jewellerydemand for Q3 2014 was down 39% yearonyear, but was broadly in line
with both Q3 2012 and the 5-year quarterly average (of 148.2t and 154.9t respectively).
Whilst in the US and UK, jewellery demand was strong, buoyed by ongoing economic
recoveries. US jewellery demand grew 4% yearonyear to 34t, the highest Q3 since 2009. UK
jewellery demand had its fifth consecutive quarter of year on year growth.
Investment demand, a combination of bars and coins and exchange-traded funds (ETF),
was up 6% to 204t. However, investment in bars and coins was down 21% to 246t. This
reflects an adjustment towards more normal levels of demand after a surge of unprecedented
consumer demand took place last year. ETF outflows stood at 84t for the year to date
compared to 699t in the same period last year. Third quarter demand for bars and coinswas
very close to the 10-year quarterly average of 240.6t. It’s worth noting that before the
financial crisis of 2008, the European bar and coin market was virtually non-existent.
Marcus Grubb, Managing Director of Investment Strategy at the World Gold Council
“This quarter the market continued to find its feet after an exceptional 2013, with China
catching its breath and buying in the build up to Diwali driving Indian jewellery purchases.
The figures for India and China this quarterreinforce the need tounderstandthe factors which
underpinnedan exceptionalQ3 last year.In 2013, India was impactedby import curbs and
increased import dutiesimposed by the previous government, whereasexceptional buying in
China during the same periodshaped buying patterns in 2014.
The Q3 2014 Gold Demand Trends report, which includes comprehensive data provided by
GFMS,Thomson Reuters, can be viewedat http://www.gold.org/supply-and-demand/gold-
demand-trends and a video can be seen here.
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