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China’s 2022 gold output climbs, consumption weakens

China’s gold production climbed in 2022, following production ramp-ups in some key regions, while consumption in the world’s largest gold consumer registered a decline.

The country’s gold output rose 13.09% year-on-year to 372.048 t last year, the China Gold Association said on Thursday.

The eastern Shandong province has recovered from production disruptions caused by shutdown of mines due to accidents and safety inspections in the previous year. Major mines in Shandong resumed production and ramped up capacity to a pre-pandemic level, while the northern Shanxi province added a new capacity. Both the factors also contributed to the growth.

Consumption in the world’s largest gold consumer declined 10.63% to 1 001.74 t in 2022, the association said.

The decrease was led by gold bars and coins consumption, down 17.23% in 2022 to 258.94 t. Investment in physical gold bars declined because of the persistently high gold prices and volatility in exchange rates.

Meanwhile, gold jewellery consumption slid 8.01% to 654.32 t on-year.

“Consumption for gold jewellery experienced a strong recovery in the beginning of last year, but then slid notably because of Covid flare-ups in the country,” it said. – (Reuters)

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