Gold demand in Q3 falls 11% from Q3 2011: World Gold Council
London (Platts)--15Nov2012/553 am EST/1053 GMT
Global gold demand in the third quarter of 2012 was 1,084.6 mt, down 11%
from the record Q3 2011 figure of 1,223.5 mt, the World Gold Council said
Gold demand remains "resilient," however, with Q3 2012 above the
five-year quarterly average of 984.7 mt, according to the WGC's Gold Demand
In value terms, gold demand was 14% lower year on year at $57.6 billion
and the average gold price of $1,652/oz was down 3% on the record average Q3
"Gold is beginning to re-establish itself as part of the fabric of the
financial system," said Marcus Grubb, managing director, investment at the
WGC, in a statement.
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"In the medium term, the quantitative easing initiatives in the West and
the continuing growth story in the East, particularly in India and China,
coupled with the seasonally strong quarter coming up in Asia, are excellent
indicators for further growth in the gold market," Grubb added.
Against a backdrop of continued global economic uncertainty and
elections in China and the US, "it is clear from five-year rising demand
trends that gold's fundamental property as a vehicle for capital preservation
continues to endure, as evidenced by this quarter's increase in global ETF
investment, up 56%, and continued purchasing by central banks, the ultimate
long-term investors," Grubb said.
Central banks bought 97.6 mt of gold in the third quarter, the WGC said,
noting that in six out of the last seven quarters, central bank demand has
been around 100 mt, which is a sharp increase from as recently as 2010. The
year-to-date figure for central bank buying is up 9%, the WGC added.
Investment demand -- he sum of exchange-traded funds and total bar and
coin demand -- was 429.9 mt, down 16% compared with the same quarter last
year, but was 23% above the five-year average.
The Indian market is showing signs of recovery, up 9% to 223.1 mt from
204.8 mt in Q3 2011 following increases in both jewelry and investment
demand, the WGC said -- in comparison with Q3 2011, jewelry demand was up 7%
to 136.1 mt and investment demand rose 12% to 87 mt.
"Investors moved into the imitation coin market, up 59%, whilst
jewellery increased due to re-stocking ahead of the Indian wedding and
festival season. Indians appear to have acclimatised to recent price trends
and have been buying into a rising market," the WGC said.
In China, however, demand fell 8% to 176.8 mt in Q3 2012 from 191.2 mt
in Q3 2011 due to falls in jewelry of 6% and investment of 12%, mainly as a
result of negative sentiment surrounding China's slowing economy.
Both the supply of gold and recycling were down 2% in the third quarter
compared to year-earlier levels, with mine production down 1% for Q3 2012,
the WGC added.
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