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India Gold import drops as demand decrease

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NEW DELHI (Scrap Register): Demand for Gold in India is poised to revisit the seven-year low recorded in 2016 after tax and regulatory changes depressed sales.

Gold imports by India, the world's second-biggest market, are said to have slumped for a third consecutive month in November from a year earlier as supplies remain elevated in the local market and demand is slow.

Overseas purchases dropped to 91.5 metric tons, from 111 tons a year ago.

Consumption is more likely to be at the lower end of the range of 650 tons to 750 tons forecast in February, and close to the 666.1 tons of last year, managing director for the WGC in India, said.

Supplies are ample in the local market, with inbound shipments in the first 11 months totaling 868.6 tons, 68 per cent higher than a year ago.

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