De Beers' rough diamond sales for the eighth sales cycle of 2019 were $295 million, compared with $482 million for the same period the previous year. Sales for cycle 7 were $287 million.
It's no secret that diamond markets have been having a bad time in 2019. At the end of September, South Africa-based Gemfields reported that coloured gems were selling better than diamonds.
According to research from investment bank Liberum, the cyclical headwinds affecting diamonds include a drain of working capital finance in the midstream, which is driving destocking; lacklustre Chinese jewellery demand; weak consumer confidence in oil states and elsewhere, leading to low sales of high-quality stones; and lack of advertising spend undermining branding, as well as competition from synthetic diamonds.
Deutsche Bank offered its own commentary on the results.
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