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Diamond sales by Anglo’s De Beers drop to lowest this year

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Johannesburg - De Beers, the world’s biggest diamond producer, said sales of the gems at its most recent auction fell to the lowest this year.

The company, owned by Anglo American [JSE:AGL], sold $470m of diamonds in the ninth cycle, compared with $494m at its previous offering, it said in a statement on Tuesday.

The diamond industry is seasonal, with the holiday period from Thanksgiving in November through the Lunar New Year in Asia in January or early February typically the busiest period for jewelry sales. De Beers’ customers tend to buy more rough stones earlier in the year to prepare for this period.

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