$34.52 BILLION: U.S. retail sales of women’s accessories in 2012, representing a drop of 1.6 percent, despite gains from handbags and totes (4.6 percent to $7.09 billion), watches (12.3 percent to $2.32 billion) and small leather goods (15.3 percent to $1.77 billion). Although they still accounted for more than half of the classification, jewelry sales fell 7.8 percent to $17.65 billion, while sunglasses trended down 11.1 percent to $1.49 billion. The dollar decline came despite a 3.8 percent increase in unit purchases, to 1.52 billion.
Source: NPD Group

$8.45 BILLION: Total retail sales of gold, silver and jewelry in China in the first two months of 2013, a spike of 14.3 percent, year-on-year.
Source: National Bureau of Statistics of China

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