It was only a few weeks ago that the Cash 4 Gold blog published two posts on the consumption of gold in India. A blog post was published on India’s Gold consumption and its holdings in gold investments which made it the largest consuming country of gold in the world. The Cash4Gold blog also covered the Akshaya Trihiya Gold Festival in India and one of its top priced items, the Shree Yantra. But now, a new country has recently taken the crown, becoming the new largest consumer of gold…
China has become the top consumer of gold, surpassing India in gold reserves and investments. The World Gold Council (WGC) reports that China’s total purchase of gold in the first quarter of the year comes to a total of 90.9 tons. India’s top gold holdings are now at 85.6 tons, falling for the first time into the number 2 spot behind china at a 2% decrease.
Though China has surpassed India in the being the largest consumer of gold, India still plays a vital role in gold consumption. Together, China and India accounted for almost half of all gold demand worldwide (estimated at 41%).
The surge of Chinese interest in gold has also played yet another role. The Price of gold has raised yet again thanks directly to new Chinese gold investments. Passing the $1,500 mark for the second time this year the price of gold rose to $1,501.50 per ounce.