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Lucapa’s Wetherall on the past, present and the future

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01 april 2019

India’s gem and jewellery industry expects the government will consider its demand for lower import duty on raw materials

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25 march 2019

“Only do business with clients who have impeccable integrity,” suggests Davy Blommaert, banker

Davy Blommaert heads the Diamond Business at National Bank of Fujairah, which falls under the bank’s corporate and institutional banking division. With nearly 10 years of experience in the diamond industry, he was tasked to establish a unit within NBF...

18 march 2019

Signet Jewelers Reports 4Q and Fiscal 2019 Results

05 april 2019

signet_logo_news.pngSignet Jewelers Limited, the world's largest retailer of diamond jewelry, announced its results for the 13 weeks (“fourth quarter Fiscal 2019”) and 52 weeks ("Fiscal 2019") ended February 2, 2019.
Signet's total sales in the fourth quarter were $2.15 billion, down $138.4 million or down 6.0% on a reported basis and down 5.4% on a constant currency basis. Total same store sales performance decreased 2.0% year-over-year.
Signet's total sales for the 2019 fiscal year were $6.2 billion, down $5.9 million or 0.1%, compared to Fiscal 2018. Total same store sales performance was down 0.1% versus the prior year.
Virginia C. Drosos, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "In Fiscal 2019, we began our Path to Brilliance transformation journey, building foundational capabilities to drive future growth. We made progress on our Path to Brilliance initiatives, achieving double-digit eCommerce growth, delivering $85 million of net cost savings, and continuing to optimize our store footprint. However, we did not finish the year as strongly as expected due to a highly competitive promotional environment, continued consumer weakness in the UK, and lower than expected customer demand for legacy merchandise collections that impacted our holiday fourth quarter results."

Alex Shishlo, Editor of the Rough&Polished European Bureau in Brussels