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Still no takers for gold even as dealers offer discounts for fourth week

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MUMBAI/BENGALURU: Physical gold dealers in India have been forced to offer discounts for a fourth straight week as bullion remained unappealing for most retail customers.

In India, the second-biggest buyer after China, need took a further hit as a result of strt of ‘Shradh’, some sort of two-week period considered inauspicious to buy gold and other property.

Local gold futures dealt around 51,445 rupees per 10 grams upon Friday, having hit a good all-time high of 56,191 rupees last month.

Discounts smoothened to $30 an ounces over official domestic selling prices, inclusive of 12.5% significance and 3% sales rates, from last week’s $40.

While demand usually recommendations in the run up to the October- November festival season, some sort of worsening COVID-19 outbreak offers hammered sentiment, with India’s economy shrinking by virtually a quarter in April-June.

“Even during the festivals, demand will lower than usual due to larger prices,” said some sort of Mumbai-based dealer with a gold coins and bullion importing bank.

A soak in benchmark global location prices however, triggered getting from customers in Singapore.

“As long as selling prices come down, we’ll see a great deal more buying,” and many more buyers are now looking at gold, John Lan of dealer GoldSilver said, adding, however, that will retail purchases were moderate.

Premiums were unchanged from $0.80-$1.50 a good ounce versus the benchmark.

“Sales were respectable, but the least expensive in the past four weeks,” Vincent Tie, sales manager from Silver Bullion said.

In China, demand remained vulnerable with gold sold at $45-$50 discounts, versus last week’s $56 level.

Discount may well narrow, especially going into this fourth quarter wedding year, said Samson Li, some sort of Hong Kong-based precious metals expert from Refinitiv GFMS,

Japanese premiums were unchanged at $0.50.

In Bangladesh, domestic prices were hiked with the best quality gold coming in at 74,008 taka ($874.49) per Bhori, or maybe 11.664 grams, which has a higher dollar driving way up import costs.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s central bank on Thurs night said it would soon make it possible for gold trading in Ough.S. dollars, as this baht remained strong.

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