The World Gold Council released its Gold Demand Trends Full Year 2017 report noting a 6.6% decline in overall demand for the year with 4,072 tons, down from 4,363 tons previously. The largest sector of demand, jewelry consumption, rose 4.0% last year to 2,136 tons largely on increased offtake from China (+2.8%) and India (+11.5%). Technology demand also increased in 2017, up by 3.1% due to continued growth in electronics particularly for use in cell phones, tablets and laptops.Reading Time: 1 minute
However, sharp losses were recorded in investment demand (-22.8%) where ETF inflows and coin sales dropped off considerably in 2017 to 1,232 tons. Central bank demand was also lower last year, falling 4.9% to 371 tons. Total supplies fell 4.2% for the year largely on a 10.4% decline in recycling to 1,160 tons, more than offsetting primary mine growth which rose to a record 3,269 tons (+0.2%) despite a 9% decrease in Chinese output.
With data from consultancy Metals Focus, the WGC did note that overall demand for the December quarter grew 6.2% y/y, on continued improvements in the jewelry and electronics sectors and a strong turnaround in investment offtake, holding some promise for gains in physical gold consumption in the new year.
Also in this week’s Platinum Market Review:
-North American Palladium announced a sizable increase in its palladium production for its fiscal year ending December 2017 -Platinum prices also fell in dramatic fashion last week losing some 8% in value from January highs -Sibanye-Stillwater announced its results for the year ending December 2017 -Rhodium prices appeared unfazed by the gyrations in the bond and equity markets as the metal held on to most of its recent gains at $1,840 an ounce
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