BEIJING, Jan 31 (Reuters) -
* China’s 2018 gold consumption rose by 5.73 percent year-on- year to 1,151.43 tonnes, the state-run Securities Times reported on Thursday, citing data from the China Gold Association.
* China has now been the world’s top gold consumer for six years running, the newspaper said.
* The country’s gold output fell 5.87 percent to 401.12 tonnes but China retained its position as the top global producer of the precious metal for a 12th straight year, it added.
* China’s gold reserves rose for the first time in two years to 59.560 million fine troy ounces at end-December, according to central bank data released on Jan. 7. (Reporting by Tom Daly; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)