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Demand for Gold Jewelry Tumbles Across the World – Except in the U.S.

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We’re up to nine straight quarters of year-over-year growth.

The World Gold Council says that global demand for gold jewelry declined by 19 percent in the first quarter, including big drops in the two largest gold markets of India and China, Forbes writes. However, the article notes, the appetite for gold jewelry in the U.S. continues to grow, with demand inching up 2 percent last quarter to make nine straight quarters of year-over-year increases. “Some retailers were re-entering the gold jewelry market after slashing or completely eradicating their gold product offerings, WGC said. In addition, double digit gains in gold jewelry imports in January and February ‘was a clear indication of US consumers’ continued desire for gold jewelry.’”

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