By Brijesh Patel and Rajendra Jadhav
BENGALURU/MUMBAI (Reuters) – Physical gold demand limped higher in top Asian hubs this week, with dealers in India easing discounts to the lowest level in six weeks, as a drop in prices saw a little interest return in the precious metal.
Indian dealers offered discounts of up to $5 an ounce this week over official domestic prices, inclusive of 12.5% import and 3% sales levies, down from last week’s $23.
The correction just before the festival season could encourage jewellers to build up inventory, said a Mumbai-based dealer with a bullion importing bank.
In China, the biggest consumer of bullion, discounts narrowed to $40-$45 an ounce from last week’s $44-$48.
“We saw a little bit of buying interest when prices dipped to around $1,850-$1,860, but mostly on the investment side. The retail side is a bit better but still quiet,” said Ronald Leung, chief