Anglo American’s De Beers sells fewer diamonds

Anglo American PLC’s (AAL.LN) majority-owned De Beers Group on Tuesday reported a fall in rough diamond sales for the fourth sales cycle of the year, citing a backdrop of macroeconomic uncertainty.

De Beers–which reports on 10 sales cycles each year–sold $415 million of rough diamonds in the fourth cycle of the year compared with $554 million for the same cycle in 2018.

In the third cycle of 2019, De Beers sold $581 million of rough diamonds.

"Cycle four saw lower rough diamond sales against a backdrop of macroeconomic uncertainty, and as we enter a seasonally slower period for the industry with Indian factories closing temporarily for the traditional holiday period," De Beers Chief Executive Bruce Cleaver said.

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