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CHRISTCHURCH CORN EX CHANGE. The following is the report of the Christchurch Corn Exchange for the week ending Friday evening, the 2nd instant : The last week having been given over to holiday-making, business in the grain trade has been almost entirely suspended. The exceptionally fine weather which has characterised the season throughout still continues. Large quantities of grain continue to come forward. Wheat-—Wheat is hardly so firm as the preceding week, notwithstanding that recent English advices report the market steady. Millers have supplied their wants and are now fastidious as to samples and quality. For good milling quality 3s. lid. to. 4s. is obtainable. Chick wheat is in good supply, with the demand fairly good. The quality of the samples coming to hand are so various that a good margin must be allowed, 2s. 6d. to 3s. per bushel being the extremes. Barley.—The remarks in last week’s report bearing on this cereal must be again repeated, very few samples of really prime malting putting in an appearance. Any parcels of such coming forward are eagerly taken at top prices. Large quantities of second rate to inferior are offering, which are difficult of sale at even a very low figure, the price of oats bei:.g detrimental to this class of barley. Prime malting will command 3s. 9d. to 4s. ; second rate to inferior, 2s. to 2s. 9d. per bushel. Oats.—The price has given way, but not to any appreciable extent. Buyers are not quite so eager. To counterbalance this, however, holders are equally unwilling to part, and prices must again be repeated at Is. 4d. to Is. 6d. per bushel. Grass Seed.—A few inr uiri 'S are being made for small lots, but iho d mand does not exist which will at all sffeo values, 2s. fid. to 2s. 9d. per bushel being the highest prices obtainable. Potatoes. The trade has not yet set in and prices still remain in an uncertain state. The quality this season as a rule is good, but the yield is by no means what it was anticipated. This is being pretty generally the case. Sales are reported as ranging from 30s. to 40s. per ton, sacks extra. Cheese and Butter.—4|d. to sd. for the former, fi£d. to 7d. for the latter. [BY TELEGRAPH. I Christchurch, April 2.1 F Mr Nos worthy offered aquantity of young stock for sale to-day, but biddings were slow, and after one or two animals had been sold, reserves were put on the rest, and they were not disposed of. The customs revenue collected at the Port of Lyttelton last quarter, was L 45,934 14s. lid.—some L 14,000 less than in the same quarter last year. Dunedin, April 2. Prime beef, 225. fid, per lOOlbs ; mutton, 2Jd. to 2|d. Wheat, 4s. to 4s. 2d. ; fowls’ wheat, 3s. to 3s. 3d. ; oats, Is. 3d. to Is. sd. ; barley, 4s. to 4s. fid. ; feed, 2s. fid. to 3s. ; potatoes, L 3 to L 3 ss. ; old hay, L 4; new oaten hay, L 3 ss. ; chaff, L 3 ss. ; straw, L2 ; bran, L 4 ; pollard, L 5 ; flour, large sacks, Lll to Lll 10s. ; oatmeal, L 1 0; pearl barley, L 22 ; onions, 7s. ; new cheese, 2d. to fid. ; bacon, rolled, lOd. ; hams, Is; sides bacon, lid.

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 82, 3 April 1880

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