Asia Gold Demand Shows Rare Divergence – Wall Street Journal

HONG KONG—Gold buying in India and China, which together account for half the world’s gold demand, is set on divergent paths at the start of a normally crucial period for retail sales of the yellow metal.

Indian and Chinese consumers typically both flock to gold sellers around this time of year. A succession of national holidays in early October in China kicks off several months of gold buying there that culminates around Chinese New…