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Gold demand in Q2 beats pre-Covid levels

According to the data released by the World Gold Council on Tuesday, demand, in value terms, grew even at a faster pace of 19% to Rs 85,010 crore in the July-September period, thanks to a rise in prices from the year earlier.

Gold demand in Q2 beats pre-Covid levels
Recovery in gold jewellery demand was primarily driven by urban India, more specifically southern regions, underpinned by robust economic activities with a 17% y-o-y increase in tonnage terms.

India’s gold demand grew at a higher-than-anticipated pace of 14% in the September quarter from a year before to 191.7 tonne, despite a hike in the import duty on the precious metal to 15% from 10.75% in July. Elevated consumption during the September quarter drove the demand beyond the pre-Covid level. According to the data released by the World Gold Council on Tuesday, demand, in value terms, grew even at a faster pace of 19% to Rs 85,010 crore in the July-September period, thanks to a rise in prices from the year earlier.

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However, global gold demand rose at double the pace at 28% in the September quarter to 1,181.5 tonne, thanks to the metal’s appeal as a haven asset amid growing uncertainties in the wake of the Ukraine war. Strong consumer interest pushed up sales and credit expansion added impetus to this demand, with bank loan growth touching a nine-year high by the end of the September quarter, said Somasundaram PR, regional CEO, India at the World Gold Council.

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Interestingly, jewellery demand in the July-September period rose 17% to 146.2 tonne, against a 6% increase in investment demand to 45.4 tonne. Recovery in gold jewellery demand was primarily driven by urban India, more specifically Southern parts, underpinned by robust economic activities, said Somasundaram. Rural demand however, was impacted by seasonal effect (monsoon) and inflation, he added.

On the other hand, Indian bar and coin demand also saw a 6% y-o-y improvement to 45.4 tonne as retail investors responded to gold price drop in recent months, weaker equity markets and festivities, Somasundaram added.

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First published on: 02-11-2022 at 07:50 IST