The Daily Telegraph

Gold sold like chocolate from German vending machines
The Daily Telegraph

Shoppers in Germany will soon be able to buy gold as easily as bars of chocolate after a firm announced plans to install vending machines selling the precious metal across the country.

TG-Gold-Super-Markt aims to introduce the machines at 500 locations including train stations and airports in Germany.

The company, based near Stuttgart, hopes to tap into the increasing interest in buying gold following disillusionment in other investments due to the economic downturn. Gold prices from the machines – about 30 per cent higher than market prices for the cheapest product – will be updated every few minutes.

Thomas Geissler, who owns the company behind the idea, said: « German investors have always preferred to hold a lot of personal wealth in gold, for historical reasons. They have twice lost everything. « Gold is a good thing to have in your pocket in uncertain times. »

Interest in gold has risen during the financial crisis, particularly in Germany, according to GFMS, the London-based precious metals consultancy. Retail demand reached an estimated 108 tonnes in 2008, up from 36 tonnes in 2007 and 28 tonnes in 2006.