Gold Demand Trends Q1 2018

Published 3rd May 2018

Gold demand of 973.5t was the lowest Q1 since 2008. The main cause was a fall in investment demand for gold bars and gold-backed ETFs, partly due to range-bound gold prices. Jewellery demand was steady at 487.7t, as growth in China and the US compensated for weaker Indian demand. Central banks bought 116.5t of gold (+42% y-o-y). Technology demand extended its recent upward trend, growing 4% y-o-y to 82.1t. The total supply of gold increased by 3% to 1,063.5t, primarily due to a modest increase in producer hedging. Mine production was fractionally higher at 770t.

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Published 14th May 2015

In a generally quiet quarter, global demand dipped 1% to 1,079t. However, the gold market’s complex eco-system was well balanced in Q1 2015. Conditions differed from market to market but at an aggregate level, these differences broadly cancelled out.

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Published 12th February 2015

The World Gold Council's Gold Demand Trends (GDT) is the leading industry resource for data and opinion on world-wide gold demand. Our quarterly publication examines demand trends by sector and geography

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Published 13th November 2014

The World Gold Council's Gold Demand Trends (GDT) is the leading industry resource for data and opinion on world-wide gold demand. Our quarterly publication examines demand trends by sector and geography.

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Published 14th August 2014

The World Gold Council’s leading industry publication on gold demand trends, analysed by both sector and geography for the second quarter of 2014.

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Published 20th May 2014

After an exceptional 2013, gold demand made a robust start to 2014 - virtually unchanged year-on-year at 1,074.5 tonnes. Jewellery demand gained moderately, largely due to the environment of lower gold prices compared with Q1 2013 and seasonal factors in many markets. Divergence was seen within the investment space: net ETFs flows were zero, compared with 177t of outflows in Q1 2013, while bar and coin investment unsurprisingly fell far below the record Q1 levels of demand seen a year ago. Central banks continued to purchase gold for its diversification and risk management properties.

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Published 18th February 2014

Gold demand of 3,756.1 tonnes in 2013 was worth US$170.4bn. Consumers generated exceptional levels of demand, with jewellery at its highest since the onset of the financial crisis in 2008 and investment in small bars and coins hitting a record high. This was in contrast to large-scale outflows from ETFs, due to a number tactical western investors liquidating their positions as US economic sentiment improved. Central banks made healthy purchases of 368.6 tonnes, the fourth consecutive year of positive demand. The net result was a 15% decline in overall gold demand from 2012.

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Published 14th November 2013

The exceptions were gold-backed ETFs, which had net outflows of 119t this quarter, compared to 402t in Q2 2013, and India where the result of government intervention in the Indian gold market was to reduce demand by 71t compared with Q3 2012. Central banks continued to add gold to reserves, but at a slower rate.

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Published 15th August 2013

During the tumultuous quarter, jewellery demand grew significantly to reach multi-year highs, while record demand for gold bars and coins was offset by well-documented ETF outflows. Central bank demand slowed in Q2, yet remained within the broad 70-160 tonne range and marked ten consecutive quarters of purchases. A marked decline in the supply of recycled gold resulted in a 6% decline in total gold supply to 1025.5 tonnes.

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Published 16th May 2013

Summary of the factors driving gold demand in the first quarter of 2013, together with forward looking views and opinions on the dynamics and trends in the gold market at a regional and sector level.

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