China’s Gold Consumption Jumps 26% in First Quarter Before Rout

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May 7 (Bloomberg) -- Gold consumption in China, the world’s largest user after India, jumped 26 percent in the first three months of 2013 from a year ago amid strong bullion sales and rising jewelry demand, an association said.

Total consumption reached 320.54 metric tons in the first quarter, the China Gold Association said today in an e-mailed report. Purchases of gold bars surged 49 percent to 120.39 tons, while jewelry gained 16 percent to 178.59 tons, it said. Gold output in China, the world’s largest producer, gained 11 percent in the same period to 89.91 tons, according to the association.

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