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Hong Kong Retailers Report Slump of Jewellery Sales

09 february 2012

Chinese shoppers on their Lunar New Year holiday were less lavish than expected by Hong Kong jewelers, curbed spending on beauty brands and slowed spending at South Korean stores. They may keep that pace in the coming year of the dragon, Bloomberg Business Week reports.
Holiday sales on the mainland grew 16 percent to 470 billion yuan ($75 billion), according to data from the Ministry of Commerce, the slowest pace since the 2009 financial crisis and three percentage points below last year's increase. China is finding it is not immune to global economic forces and the slowdown is hitting Chinese consumers, who may increase this year's spending at a slower pace than in 2011.
Hong Kong retailers are reporting a definite slowdown in New Year’s purchases of diamonds and jewelry, including watches, compared to last year.
“Sales of jewelry and valuable watches during Chinese New Year were quite disappointing,” said Caroline Mak, chairman of the Hong Kong Retail Management Association. “Sales growth of over 30 percent last year is unsustainable against a worsening macro-economic backdrop.”
It seems that Chinese market does not have unconditional immunity from economic challenges penetrating all sectors of the global economy. Slowdown of sales growth during the Chinese New Year Season suggests that diamond trade in China cannot infinitely expand, while peak sales may be followed by a downward trend.

Dasha Platonova, Editor in Chief of the Asian Bureau, Rough&Polished