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Rapaport TradeWire January 11, 2018

Jan 11, 2018 11:54 AM   By Rapaport
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Diamond trading steady after positive US retail season. Signet disappoints again as Nov.-Dec. sales -3% to $1.9B due to glitches in outsourced credit program, lower sales of Ever Us line, and less effective promotions. Department stores rebound, with Macy’s and J.C. Penney seeing jewelry growth. Richemont jewelry maisons’ 3Q sales +5% to $2.2B. Rising expectations for Chinese New Year (Feb. 16) after Chow Tai Fook 3Q sales +12% in China, flat in Hong Kong/Macau. Strong rough demand anticipated at Jan. Alrosa and De Beers sales, with manufacturers ready to raise production for 1Q stock replenishment. Shmuel Schnitzer steps down as chairman of Israel Diamond Institute. 

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Weekly Monthly Y2Y
0.30 ct 0.38% 1.43% 0.96%
0.50 ct 0.60% 0.94% -16.49%
1.00 ct 0.16% 0.65% -4.08%
3.00 ct 1.29% -0.82% 4.11%
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Market Reports
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United States: Dealers optimistic for 2018 due to strong economy, rising stock market and tax cuts.
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Belgium: Quiet rough trading expected to improve over next two weeks during Alrosa sale (Jan. 15) and De Beers sight (Jan. 22).
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Israel: Focus on filling Chinese New Year orders. Sentiment good, with improved profit in past month.
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India: Trading relatively quiet as US and European dealers slowly return from Christmas-New Year break.
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Hong Kong: Positive outlook for Chinese New Year, with renewed jewelry-retail growth in mainland China.
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WEEKLY NEWS
retail
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Signet Holiday Sales Disappoint
Disruptions to the jeweler's outsourced credit program dents its performance for the season.
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Cartier, Van Cleef See Strong Season
Asia and the Americas stimulates third-quarter growth at Richemont's jewelry maisons.
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J.C. Penney’s Holiday Sales Jump
Jewelry ranks among the department store's stronger divisions.
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Chow Tai Fook China Expansion Spurs Growth
Gem-set jewelry sales rise in Hong Kong, but gold drives increase on the mainland.
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Sears to Shut over 100 Stores Across the US
Retailer aims to resize by closing unprofitable branches.
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GIA Unveils Plans for Labs in Surat and Antwerp
Institute will introduce diamond grading at its Belgium location.
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RapNet Gets a Tech Interface-Lift
Redesigned trading platform ups security and ease of use.
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Sarine Unit to Sue over Alleged Fraud
Company claims Indian diamond manufacturer misused technology to underpay for service.
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GJEPC: Raid Shows Problem with Tax Policy
Misunderstanding by GST authorities led to raid on diamond couriers, trade body says.
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Sterling Sues Alex and Ani over Supply Deal
Signet division alleges 2015 agreement left it with an inventory backlog worth millions of dollars, court documents show.
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Letšeng Sees Large-Stone Recovery
Latest finds could fetch more than $25,000 per carat, analysts say.
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Lulo Mine Yields Another 100ct. Diamond
Lucapa will include 25 special-size stones at its first sale in 2018.
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Gübelin to Build Gemstone Blockchain
Swiss lab hopes its partnership with Everledger will raise transparency in the industry.
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Shmuel Schnitzer Steps Down as IDI Chairman
Boaz Moldawsky will replace the diamond-industry veteran.
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India’s GJEPC Hires Marketing Chief
Ruchita Sharma has more than 20 years’ experience with brands such as Swarovski and Salvatore Ferragamo.
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Tiffany’s Strategy Exec to Leave
The company will not seek a replacement as it aligns non-jewelry departments with its core product.
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FINANCE
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Signet (-4.3%) trailed US retail stocks after reporting weaker-than-expected holiday sales. Shares of the major Hong Kong jewelers also fell despite Chow Tai Fook (-1.2%) noting positive sales growth during its fiscal third quarter. Sarine (+7.8%) led Far East stocks, while diamond miners generally had a negative week, with Lucapa Diamond (-4.5%) and Lucara Diamond (-4.5%) heading the declines. Gem Diamonds (+5.9%) gained after unearthing two large stones.

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