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December 30, 2022
Rapaport Market Comment - December 29, 2022

Sentiment mixed as Mastercard reports US Nov./Dec. holiday jewelry sales -5.4%, general retail +8%, e-commerce +11% and in-store +7%. Consumer confidence up in Dec. amid improved outlook for inflation and employment. Diamond trading slow due to end-of-year break and market uncertainty. Cutters maintaining low polished production after 2022 inventory buildup, anticipating cautious post-holiday demand. China slow as Covid-19 outbreak stifles recovery; quarantine expected to lift for Jan. 22 lunar festival. Belgium 3Q rough imports +8% to EUR 1.8B, volume -30% to 11.7M cts., National Bank of Belgium reports. Rapaport wishes everyone a happy, healthy, ‎prosperous and peaceful New Year.‎

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RAPNET DIAMOND INDEX (RAPI™)
Weekly Monthly Y2Y
0.30 ct 0.05% 1.23% -7.68%
0.50 ct -0.05% -0.10% -10.65%
1.00 ct -0.38% -1.40% -10.32%
3.00 ct -0.37% -1.36% -2.56%
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<p><strong>United States: </strong>Mood among jewelers positive as holiday sales exceed pre-pandemic levels despite year-on-year drop…</p>
United States: Mood among jewelers positive as holiday sales exceed pre-pandemic levels despite year-on-year drop…
<p><strong>Belgium: </strong>European retail sentiment mixed amid economic volatility. Luxury houses driving growth…</p>
Belgium: European retail sentiment mixed amid economic volatility. Luxury houses driving growth…
<p><strong>Israel: </strong>Sellers agreeing to lower prices than usual in effort to offload less-popular goods…</p>
Israel: Sellers agreeing to lower prices than usual in effort to offload less-popular goods…
<p><strong>India: </strong>Rough slow even as restocking season approaches; manufacturers not buying for inventory…</p>
India: Rough slow even as restocking season approaches; manufacturers not buying for inventory…
<p><strong>Hong Kong: </strong>Trade has deep concerns about mainland sales in short term but hopes to see recovery in coming months…</p>
Hong Kong: Trade has deep concerns about mainland sales in short term but hopes to see recovery in coming months…
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