Even after a two-week rally in bullion, domestic prices remain 7.4 percent lower than a year ago just as sales are set to climb for the festival and wedding season. India is the largest gold buyer after China. The All India Gems & Jewellery Trade Federation said fourth-quarter imports of the metal may jump 75 percent, which Barclays Plc said may support prices.
“The appetite for gold among physical buyers in India seems to have increased,” said Howie Lee, an investment analyst in Singapore for Phillip Futures Pte. “India’s attachment to gold is unlikely to break. This tradition has lasted for centuries. It’s a symbol of wealth or a form of investment, and the precious metal is deeply rooted in worship and culture.”