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Gold Premiums in India Seen Doubling on Festival Demand

Gold premiums in India, the biggest user after China, may double by the end of October as the fourth straight quarterly decline in local prices spurs jewelry purchases before the nation’s main festival season.

The fees that jewelers pay banks and dealers may increase to $20 an ounce over the London cash price by the Diwali festival, a level last seen in early July, Bachhraj Bamalwa, a director at the All India Gems & Jewellery Trade Federation, said by phone from Kolkata. The nation celebrates the Hindu festival of lights on Oct. 23 this year.