In a country where consumers buy almost half the world’s gems, Tiffany & Co and Signet Jewellers are reporting disappointing sales. That’s a blow to expectations that President Donald Trump’s pro-business policies would give consumers more money to spend on luxury items such as diamonds.
“There’s been a deterioration of sentiment around the US,” said Anish Aggarwal, a partner at consultant Gemdax in Antwerp.
“The projected demand bounce expected from Trump’s election hasn’t materialised.”
The US has been a bright spot in the diamond industry, expanding its market share in the past five years.
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American demand rose 5 percent to a record $39 billion (R501.24 billion) in 2015, offsetting much of a contraction in the rest of the world.