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. The most recent review of the third quarter of 2013 comprises three sections:
This section of the report considers the main themes to have emerged in global gold demand in Q3 and throughout the year-to-date.
Global Gold Market: Third quarter 2013 review
Jewellery: The jewellery sector delivered another quarter of solid year-on-year growth as consumers across the globe, encouraged by lower average prices, showed an increasing demand for higher carat pieces.
Investment: Demand for bars and coins grew 6% to 304.2 tonnes, with growth mainly coming from Asia and the Middle East, including Turkey. Outflows from ETFs slowed to 119t.
Technology: Q3 was another period of robust demand for gold in the Technology sector. Demand related to the use of gold in electronics has shown the most resilience, aided by demand for tablets and smart phones.
Central Banks: Central banks continued to accumulate gold, albeit at a slower rate than the elevated levels seen in 2012. Year-to-date, global central bank gold reserves have increased by almost 300 tonnes.
Supply: The supply of gold in the third quarter fell by 3% from the same period in 2012. A sharp contraction in the supply of gold from recycling accounted for the decline as mine production increased by 4%.