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China’s gold imports still at unprecedented highs

With net gold imports through Hong Kong again exceeding 100 tonnes in May, China looks like heading to absorb over 50% of global gold output this year – and rising.

by Lawrence Williams,

Figures for net Chinese gold imports through Hong Kong in May have now been released, and, while they did not quite come up to the record level seen in March at 136 tonnes, at 108.8 tonnes they were still the second highest total on record, and comfortably in advance of April’s 80 tonnes.

In April, it is thought that the level of net imports could have been far higher but traders were taken by surprise following the exceedingly high March import figures which had used up their quotas and a subsequent rundown of stocks that month which had not been fully replaced by the time of the big April 12 gold price fall which had appeared to stimulate huge physical demand.

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