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Traders estimate sales of gold have decreased by 30-50 per cent M Najmuz Zafar Muscat

This Eid and Christmas, gold sales look bleak with the rates touching an all-time high of RO14.53 per gram (24 carat) on Tuesday. The rapidly climbing price of gold has put sales down by about 50 per cent, say industry insiders. They also believe the trend will continue and gold prices could well go beyond RO20 per gram by March next year. Loui Terrance, regional manager, Atlas Jewellery, said that there was a huge difference between the last quarter of 2008 and that of 2009 in terms of sales and gold rates. “Currently we have seen a drop in sales of 50 per cent and above. Visit any store and you will see the market mood. There used to be around 60-70 customers hovering around every store on any given day, but today there are hardly 15 to 20 customers,” he said, adding that the gold rate is not likely to come down but it should remain steady so that there is some positive response in the market. With the dollar weakening, gold prices are increasing, meaning sales are likely to come down further, said Iqbal Jaffar of Al Hasina Jewellers. “ At the current rate, people are selling rather than buying, which has led to a 50 per cent drop in sales.” Said Jose K F, regional manager, Joy Alukkas, “Compared to this time last year, sales are down by 30 per cent. We plan to focus on light weight gold and

diamond jewellery and keep the chunky gold items under wraps. People are thinking that this is the highest gold will climb, so they are holding back. But we know that it will touch RO20 by the end of the financial year in March 2010.” He added that with Eid coming, there might be some upturn in sales and to attract customers for Christmas, they are already planning promotions. With gold crossing all previous price barriers, people are increasingly selling gold. According to Rajesh Govindan, country manager, Damas Jewellery, if this trend continues, there may be a drop of 30 per cent in sales. “Business was down in the


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Sales plummet as gold prices soar

People are thinking that this is the highest gold will climb, so they are holding back. But we know that it will touch RO20 by the end of the financial year in March 2010



first two quarters, the third looked a little better, but the fourth is ending on a low note. With Eid and Christmas coming, things might brighten up a little, but gold prices will continue to go up, forcing people to reserve rather than splurge.” Gold demand in the Middle East dropped by 34 per cent for the third quarter of 2009, due to an exceptionally strong third quarter in 2008, the World Gold Council (WGC) said. The total identifiable gold demand for the third quarter was 800.3 tonnes in volume terms or US$24.7bn in value terms, WGC said in a statement. Identifiable demand comprises jewellery, industrial and investment demand for gold.

International chic comes to Muscat Muscat's first international fashion show features home-grown talent International designers including Nina Ricci and Vivienne Westwood featured alongside Omani designers Dibaj in Muscat's first international runway show held on Monday. Organised and produced by Nada Ali Redha al Lawati, founder of Designer General Trading based in Dubai, the show was held at The Chedi, Muscat and was, according to a press statement, “attended by Muscat’s most influential women.” The show was followed by a oneto-one meeting opportunity and a sales event. Among the international de-

signers were Muscat-based Dibaj, in addition to Mahari and Bling Chi fine jewellers, who are based in Dubai. This year marks the first time they have exhibited their collections in an international fashion show. Dibaj is the creation of sisters Aida and Afaf al Farsi. The statement said that their designs are “traditional jalabiyas with a modern twist and sophisticated evening gowns. Dibaj’s vision is to dress women in fashionable couture pieces that are elegantly and comfortably worn anywhere by anyone.” “It has been a long awaited

ambition to bring a show of this calibre to Oman which caters to a niche and untapped market of Arab women who appreciate luxury, impeccable design and tailoring,” said Nada. “I hope this will be the beginning of many more inspiring fashion events in Muscat, not only to showcase emerging talent from the region, but also internationally renowned labels to add a high degree of credibility and quality.” The invitation-only event titled Fashion Mischief showcased clothes ranging from kaftans and abayas with a modern twist to ready-towear pieces and cocktail dresses.

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