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Figures analysis: January to September hallmarking jumps 19%

Overall hallmarking figures have shown an increase of almost 19% in the first nine months of 2014, compared with the same period the previous year.

So far the biggest year-on-year increases on a by-month basis were January and May, which increased 31% and 27% respectively compared with their corresponding time periods the previous year.

The total number of items hallmarked during this nine month period has risen by 1.13 million, from 5.99 million in 2013 to 7.11 million this year.

The smallest increase so far this year has been July, but this still marked a 9% rise compared with 2013. Analysts are confident of a retail boom for the Christmas season this year, and it is thought October and November hallmarking figures are likely to reflect strong stock-buying by retailers ahead of the festive rush.

2013 2014 Difference % change
January 615,271 803,749 188,478 31%
February 591,310 704,921 113,611 19%
March 600,361 728,256 127,895 21%
April 612,989 737,316 124,327 20%
May 586,903 747,201 160,298 27%
June 661,162 764,387 103,225 16%
July 796,893 871,830 74,937 9%
August 706,763 794,964 88,201 12%
September 810,409 957,509 147,100 18%
 TOTAL 5,982,061 7,110,133 1,128,072 18.85%

 

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