China launches gold vending machine: Report
Beijing: China, already the world`s second largest bullion consumer, has installed the country`s first gold vending machine in a busy shopping district in Beijing, state media said today.
Shoppers in the popular Wangfujing Street can insert cash or use a bank card to withdraw gold bars or coins of various weights based on market prices, the People`s Daily said on its website.
Each withdrawal is capped at 2.5 kilogrammes or one million yuan (about USD 156,500) worth of gold, the report said.
Gold vending machines already exist in Britain, the United States, the Middle East and Europe.
The machine was launched yesterday by the Beijing Agricultural Commercial Bank and a gold trading company, the report said.
They plan to install an unspecified number of machines in secure locations such as gold shops and upmarket private clubs.
Gold is often used as a hedge against inflation and the machines could prove popular among Chinese consumers looking for a convenient way to safeguard their cash amid rising prices.
Chinese consumer demand for gold soared 27 per cent year-on-year to 579.5 tonnes in 2010, according to the World Gold Council.
India, the world`s top consumer, saw a 66 per cent increase to 963.1 tonnes.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- 7th Pay Commission recommends 23.55% hike in salary for central govt employees; minimum salary set at Rs 18,000 per month
- Shocking fact of pay 'hike' in 7th Pay Commission recommendations!
- Full Report of 7th Pay Commission
- Unbelievable! Clean and healthy meals on Indian Railways at just Rs 20
- E-commerce war: Paytm Diwali sale offers 100% cashback on 25 million products