De Beers reports the value of its provisional sales for Cycle 10 2017 (representing sales as at 11 December 2017) at $450 million, a modest drop from actual sales of $466 million in Cycle 9 and a nearly 7 percent increase from the $422 million in sales for the same cycle in 2016. It should be noted that De Beer’s provisional sales value for Cycle 9 was $455 million, later adjusted upward to $466M. For the year to date, De Beers has sold $5.306 billion in rough diamonds (noting the provisional nature of Cycle 10), compared to $5.587 billion in sales last year, a 5 percent decline.
Bruce Cleaver, CEO, De Beers Group, said: “The tenth sales cycle of the year saw the continuation of good demand for De Beers rough diamonds as we head towards the end of 2017. Demand was broadly stable on the levels seen in Cycle 9, with sales slightly ahead of the equivalent period in 2016.”