Demand for gold globally dropped 19 per cent in the course of the July-September quarter to 892.three tonne, largely because of weak shopper demand amid the pandemic, mentioned a World Gold Council report. So far in 2020, the demand stood at 2,972.1 tonne, round 10 per cent under the identical interval of 2019.
“Demand for gold dropped to 892.3t in Q3 – its lowest quarterly total since Q3 2009 -as consumers and investors continued to battle the effects of the global pandemic,” it mentioned.
The report famous that jewelry demand improved from the Q2 file low, the mixture of continued social restrictions, financial slowdown and a strong gold worth continued to impression demand from jewelry consumers.
Gold jewelry demand in the course of the interval beneath assessment stood at 333 tonne, 29 per cent under an already comparatively anaemic Q3 2019, it mentioned.
In distinction, bar and coin demand strengthened, gaining 49 per cent y-o-y to 222.1 tonne. Much of the expansion was in official cash, because of continued strong safe-haven demand in Western markets and Turkey, the place cash are the extra prevalent type of gold investment.
The third quarter of 2020 additionally noticed continued inflows into gold-backed change traded funds (ETF), though at a slower tempo than in the primary half.
Investors globally added 272.5 tonne to their holdings of those merchandise, taking year-to-date flows to a file 1,003.three tonne.
Central banks generated small web gross sales of gold in Q3, the primary quarter of web gross sales since This fall 2010. Sales had been generated primarily by simply two central banks – Uzbekistan and Turkey – whereas a handful of banks continued regular albeit small purchases, as per the WGC report.
Demand for gold used in know-how remained weak in Q3, was down 6 per cent y-o-y at 76.7 tonne. But the sector noticed a good quarterly enchancment as some key markets emerged from lockdown.
The whole provide of gold fell three per cent y-o-y in Q3 to 1,223.6 tonne, regardless of 6 per cent development in gold recycling, with mine manufacturing still feeling the results of the H1 Covid-19 restrictions.
On the jewelry demand in India, the report mentioned that the phase staged a modest restoration from its Q2 file low however remained nicely under 2019 ranges. Demand was 48 per cent decrease y-o-y at simply 52.eight tonne, the third lowest quarter for Indian jewelry demand in our information sequence.
“Not only did Indian consumers have to cope with recurring lockdowns and unprecedented gold prices, but also the inauspicious periods of ‘Pitru-Paksha’ and ‘Adhik Maas’ discouraged buying during September (both periods are considered by Hindus to be inauspicious for gold purchases),” it mentioned.
As the native gold worth breached Rs 50,000 per 10 gram, a significant milestone for India, informal and impulsive purchases had been curtailed in favour of needs-based shopping for. The prohibitive worth degree additionally inspired a shift to lighter-weight plain gold items.
Despite the constructive monsoon season, shopper confidence stays closely impacted by the financial impression of the measures imposed to include the pandemic.
Speaking to IANS, Somasundaram P.R., Managing Director, India for World Gold Council famous that there are hopes that the jewelry demand would enhance in the festive of the fourth quarter.
India’s GDP contracted by a whopping 23.9 per cent in Q2 2020 and is predicted to contract by 12.7 per cent in Q3. The report, nevertheless famous that there was an rising deal with the usage of gold as collateral for loans.