Imports were down 16% from November 2018, however, he added. Gold prices corrected after the Deepavali festival, giving an opportunity for jewellers to replenish inventory, said Mukesh Kothari, director at Mumbai bullion dealer RiddiSiddhi Bullions. The country celebrates Dhanteras and Deepavali in October, when retail demand for gold peaks as it is considered auspicious and invokes lasting prosperity. In November, local gold futures fell to 37,477 rupees ($522.18) per 10 grams after hitting an all-time high of 39,885 rupees in September. In value terms, November imports totalled $2.94 billion, slightly higher than last year’s $2.76 billion, the source said. According to a Mumbai-based bullion dealer at a gold importing bank, gold started trading at a premium in India to the official domestic price last month for the first time in 5-1/2 months on an improvement in demand from jewellers, which prompted refiners to increase imports of gold dore (a semi-pure alloy which is refined for further purification. Refined gold bars are manufactured from gold dore bars).