• Gold consumption in China rose 32 percent to a record 1,065.8 metric tons last year, making up about 28 percent of global usage, according to the World Gold Council. That’s expected to climb to at least 1,350 tons by 2017 as wealth rises.
Source: World Gold Council

• Nearly half-a-million python skins are exported every year from Southeast Asia, the majority being used to make luxury fashion accessories such as handbags, belts, wallets and shoes.
Source: International Trade Center Report

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