Darcey delivers golden performance


Demand for gold rose a record 11% to 894 tonnes during the fourth quarter of 2000 in the world's 27 main markets, the World Gold Council Council said. This growth offset a weak first three quarters, leaving demand for the year little changed at 3281 tonnes.

The WGC is doubling membership fees to fund a marketing campaign to drive up the gold price, now at a 16-month low of $259.90 (£179.24) a troy ounce. The campaign will feature ballerina Darcey Bussell bedecked in gold jewellery. In India, the world's largest gold market, demand is ahead of 1999.