Sales of jewelry in Hong Kong were depressed again in January, down almost 32 percent year-on-year.
Covid remains a key factor, with new cases hitting a mini-peak towards the end of the month and a two-week quarantine deterring tourists.
In addition, the lunar-based Chinese New Year fell later than usual (12 February) which delayed consumer spending from January.
Next month’s figures from the Census and Statistics Department will combine January and February sales to smooth the New Year bump.
Revenue from jewelry, watches, clocks, and other valuable gifts for January totaled $433m, a slight increase in December ($397m).
Sales for the gift sector were down 54 percent for the whole of 2020. Total retail sales for all sectors during the month were down 13.6 percent to $4.2bn.