Diamond market quiet as US dealers take vacation. America supporting the trade with steady retail sales and expected boost from Independence Day weekend. Midstream under pressure with tight liquidity, slow orders and excess inventory. Weak sentiment continues as polished prices soften. 1 ct. RAPI -1.4% in June. Manufacturers buying polished rather than rough, as they need to focus on profitability instead of turnover. Buyers taking advantage of suppliers’ need for cash and pushing for discounts. PwC predicts Hong Kong retail sales will slide 5% in 2019 as demonstrations, reduced tourist spending, and trade war affect business. Luk Fook FY revenue +9% to $2B, profit +10% to $193M.