By Ian Walker
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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