ALROSA, the world’s largest diamond miner, today announced diamond sales results for October and the first ten months of 2018.
In October, ALROSA Group sold $242.8 million worth of rough and polished diamonds, down 28% YoY. Rough diamond sales by value amounted to $233.9 million, polished diamond sales were $8.9 million.
ALROSA’s total diamond sales in January-October 2018 grew 6% YoY and amounted to $3.9 billion. During the ten months of 2018, rough diamonds were sold for $3.8 billion, and polished diamonds for $83 million.
In October, demand for small-size inexpensive rough diamonds continued to remain weak, the company stated.
“Seasonal slowdown on the threshold of Diwali was exacerbated by a weakening Rupee, USD FX rate, a number of minor bankruptcies in India and tighter credit conditions for the cutting and polishing sector in this country,” ALROSA Deputy CEO Yury Okoemov said in a statement.
“We expect the situation to stabilize through December this year to the first quarter next year, [and] rough diamond sales are expected to be in the range of 37-38 million carats,” Okoemov said. “While in value terms, our 2018 sales should be higher compared to the last year results.”