Sales of gold coins and bars recovered in October, figures from two leading mints showed, suggesting physical buyers remain robust despite bullion's 20 percent plunge this year.
Still, overall volumes remained well below this year's peak. Gold has fallen out of favor with investors on expectations that the Federal Reserve will soon start scaling back its stimulus program, putting the brakes on the yellow metal's more than decade-long bull run.
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However, Australia's Perth Mint gold sales – including the iconic Australian kangaroo coin series – up to Oct. 25 reached 75,040 ounces, according to preliminary numbers obtained by CNBC, on track for a near 10 percent on-month gain from 68,488 ounces in September.