Spot gold prices rose above $693 per ounce early in New York on Friday, holding that new 11-month high against the Dollar well past the London close.
Versus the other major currencies, the bounce begun from key levels late on Thursday took gold nearly 1.8% higher for Sterling and Euro investors.
By the end of London trade, gold was priced above £345 and €508 per ounce, also up for the week as a whole.
Friday's solid move higher came on a thin day for economic news.
Only the UK saw a major data release. It pointed to slower than expected retail sales in March.
That news temporarily knocked Sterling from its 26-year peak versus the Dollar above $2.01.
But the Pound rose again as traders noted that the retail sales deflator – a measure of High Street prices – in fact rose at its strongest rate in six months.
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"The gold rally is based on the idea that you are going to see persistent inflation driven by the economic growth in China," reckons Daniel Vaught, a commodity analyst at A.G. Edwards in New York.
Gold futures for June delivery rose at the US open as high as $698 per ounce. Tokyo gold futures closed the week up at the equivalent of $696 per ounce.
"Gold has been moving in virtual lockstep with the Chinese stock market since February," says Vaught, referring to Thursday's sudden sell-off in Chinese stocks and bullion.
"There's still a lot of expectations for extremely strong growth in Asia, especially out of China and India." (Read more about India's impact on the gold market here...)
Short-term – and despite yesterday's set-back – "the metal remains at the moment in an up-trend," notes Wolfgang Wrzesniok-Rossbach for Heraeus, the giant German metals refinery.
"A healthy level of cautiousness [now] prevents the market from overheating for the time being.
"Bullion traders in Germany report a relatively good demand in form of bars and coins, however we have observed this week a strong inflow of scrap.
"On balance, however [this] certainly more than neutralises the sales seen elsewhere."
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