The fall in wool prices in the Australian wool market is unrelenting in response to the destruction of demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) fell by 55 Acents, the fourth consecutive weekly decline, and finished at 1170 Ac/kg, the lowest week ending level in five years.
One cause of the demand destruction is a collapse in consumer confidence in most of the major wool consuming countries and regions in April due to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. The chart below shows the trends in consumer confidence in the major wool consuming countries and regions. As can be seen, consumer confidence has fallen off a cliff in the US, Europe, Japan and South Korea. These plunges, combined with the social lockdowns, will no doubt be causing a collapse in retail sales. Unbelievably, the statistic on consumer confidence in China shows only a small decline in February, before an improvement in March (April data is not available for China).
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