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Jewellery sales to witness 25 pc growth during Dhanteras: Experts

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Gems and jewellery retailers are expecting around 25 per cent growth in sales during Dhanteras, considered auspicious to buy precious metal, compared to last year due to good monsoon and pent up consumer demand, experts say.
“Market sentiment is looking up and the prices have more or less stabilised. Moreover, good monsoon and pent up demand will boost sales. We expect around 20-25 per cent overall growth in sales this year,” All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF) Chairman Sreedhar G V told PTI.
He said this year the reports from the northern region are extremely good as the festival is very popular there.
The season started well and the general mood is very good, so seeing this positive trend we are expecting 25-35 per cent growth from last year, Gitanjali Gems Chairman and MD Mehul Choksi was quoted by PTI as saying.
“Good monsoon will aid this growth and we are expecting Rs 30,000-35,000 ticket size to move more this year. Moreover, last couple of years were very bad for the industry and this year the sector is going to benefit from this pent up demand,” he further told PTI.
There is a lot of positive demand in the market and the jewellery consumer is back after the disastrous first half, which was affected due to strike by jewellers against the imposition of 1 per cent excise duty, World Gold Council MD-India, Somasundaram PR was quoted by PTI as saying.
Good increment in the Government sector, good monsoon and the coming wedding season will boost demand and sales are likely to be 15-20 per cent more than last year, online jewellery store Bluestone.com COO Arvind Singhal told PTI.
“Basically, Rs 25,000-50,000 ticket size is expected to do well this season, including gold and diamond jewellery. Coins, mostly 10-20 grams, are likely to push more this year,” he added.
The demand was subdued till September, and since then it has slowly picked up due to upcoming wedding season and positive sentiment, PN Gadgil Jewellers Chairman Saurabh Gadgil told PTI.
“The sales will also be pushed by the various discounts and offers by jewellers. Light weight wearable jewellery are in vogue and coins will also be more in demand,” he added.

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