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                                                                    May 23, 2006

DJ After 1Q Drop, Gold Jewelry Demand Picks Up In 2Q-Council

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23 May 2006
Dow Jones Commodities Service
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May 23, 2006 (DJCS via Comtex) --

By Alison Guerriere Ciaccio

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Demand for gold jewelry is experiencing a slight recovery
so far in the second quarter of 2006 after dropping by 22% in the first quarter,
said George Milling-Stanley, manager of market analysis at World Gold Council.

Following the release of the WGC's first-quarter report on the gold market,
Milling-Stanley told Dow Jones Newswires that the drop in gold demand was not
surprising given the increase in price and volatility in the marketplace.

Gold futures prices got as high as $594.60 an ounce in the first quarter of 2006
- a rise of nearly $100 from the end of the fourth quarter of 2005.

Prices then reached a fresh 26-year high of $732 an ounce before easing amid a
correction to a low of $636.80 an ounce on Monday.

Milling-Stanley said the Akshaya Thrithiya festival in India - a spring festival
for Hindus - is leading to a perk- up in gold jewelry demand at the start of the
second quarter in addition to some pickup in demand in Vietnam before the drop
was seen in prices last week.

"I am looking for a (recovery) in jewelry demand given the first few weeks of
the second quarter and as the quarter unfolds," said Milling-Stanley.

While overall gold demand dropped by 16% to 835 metric tons in the first quarter
of 2006, Milling-Stanley said the drop was not as dramatic as one might have
expected given the volatility of prices.

He added that the loss of demand could have been much worse if some consumers
had not been adjusting to rises in prices.

In its report, the WGC said that even though buyers in many countries tend to be
susceptible to price volatility, consumers are continuing to spend more money on
gold, even if they no longer buy as much of it.

Amid the drop in jewelry demand, sustained interest from investors made up for
part of the loss.

Milling-Stanley said increased interest from longer-term investors like pension
funds, foundations, endowments and family offices is real and strong.

He added that the current correction seen in gold prices is presenting itself as
a buying opportunity.

"We have seen small corrections since the bull market began five years ago and
so far people see it as a buying opportunity," said Milling-Stanley, citing
factors such as inflation concerns, dollar weakness and geopolitical issues, as
well as a struggling equities market that will keep gold buoyant this year.

Included in those movers of the gold market are investment vehicles like the
gold exchange-traded fund.

Milling-Stanley, who is also the director of corporate communications of World
Gold Trust Services - sponsor of the ETF, said sights are set on Asia and the
Middle East for the next roll-out of the gold ETF.

The streetTRACKS Gold Shares ETF was launched in the U.S. in November 2004 on
the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GLD.

Milling-Stanley said that at least one more jurisdiction will be getting the ETF
by the end of the year. It is already trading at exchanges in Australia and

Areas mentioned for a possible roll-out have been Hong Kong, Dubai and areas of
the Middle East.

-By Alison Guerriere Ciaccio; Dow Jones Newswires; 201-938-5959;

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