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COMMERCIAL.

ASHBURTON RETAIL LIST,

CHRISTCHURCH CORN EXCHANGE

The following is the Corn Exchange report for the week ending, Friday evening, the 10th inst.;— 'Advices from South Australia and Victoria with regard to the corn crops are encouraging. The season so far has been favorable. In certain districts in New South Wales the winter has been the driest on record. The Government astronomer for the latter colony states ; “ For Sydney, the present Avinter is the driest on record, and yet the rainfall observations go back to 1840. Indeed, the rainfallforMay, June, and July has not only the reputation of being the least for the three months of winter, but comes near the driest three months we have ever recorded for forty-one years. October,. November, and December, 1867, include the driest period ive have knoAvri, and give a total rainfall of only D 26 inch, Avhile the three months’ Avinter of 1880 gives a total rainfall of only 1’96 inch. Such drought in winter is, however, more remarkable than the dry summer period. The winter Avhich in point of dryness comes nearest that of 1880 av as that of 1872, which, dry as it was, yielded 4’25 inches, or more than double the fall during the same period of 1880. It is stated on good authority that in 1837 Avheat sown at Maitland in May of that year was found in the ground in September Avithout any sign of germination.” There are some indications of a dry season in Canterbury. Rain is wanted in many districts. The land is ploughing up very dry. The rainfall registered at the meteorological station from the first of January to the end of last month aves 5 - 74 inches. It is, hoAvever, premature to cry out, as the crops are looking Avell at present. Wheat.—The demand for this class of grain is hardly so good this Aveek, at the same time prices are not appreciably affected. Good sound milling is Avorth 4s. to 4s. 3d.; second quality ranging from 3s. to 3s. 9d.; chick wheat, 2s. to 2s. 6d. Millers are still in the market for good quality Avheat. Inferior is rather neglected. The demand for seed parcels has visibly decreased, and prices in consehave someAvhat retrograded, 4s. 3d. to 4s. 7d. being the present values. Oats—Shippers are in the market for samples of bright milling qualities at from Is. 6d. to Is. Bd. per bushel. Feed parcels are not sought after by them. The local demand is the only one for this class of oats they are passing into consumption at from Is. 3d. to Is. 44d per bushel. Inferior feed quality, Is. to Is. 2d. Barley—Brewers and maltsters are still open to buy, but not at high figures. Their present requirements arc amply supplied, and indeed their future ones (to some extent) also. Prime malting samples will command 3s. to 3s. 3d per bushel ; second class samples, 2s. to 2s. fid.; feed quality, Is. 6d. to Is. Bd. per bushel. Shippers are in the market for fairly good quality at about 2s. 6d. per bushel. Grass Seed —Trade in this article of produce has been better during the past month, and seed of good quality is readily saleable at from 2s. 6d. to 2s. 9d. per bushel ; light and badly dressed samples, Is. 6d. to 2s. per bushel. Cocksfoot —Sales have been made during the Aveek at from 3d. to 3jd. per lb. Potatoes—The season is drawing to a close. Stocks in the hands of farmers are rather above the average for the season of the year. No remunerative outlets are open beyond New Zealand ports. Sales are reported during the Aveek at 18s. per ton. In the absence of actual orders buyers are reticent at these low figures. Quotations are nominal, at from 18s. to 20s. per ton. Cheese and Butler—There is no change to report in values. The former is in good supply at 4d. to 4kl per lb. The latter is abundant, and almost unsaleable. Hay— sos. to 555. per ton delivered in town.

The New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company, have received the following copy of produce telegram, dated London, September 7 : Wool.—Competition by both Home and Foreign buyers is active. Up to date, 140,000 bales have been sold. Superior greasy, superior combing washed, medium and inferior combing washed and scoured, have advanced >fd. to id. per lb. Lambs, market firmer. Clothing washed and faulty scoured, market unchanged. Seedy and heavy wools are neglected. Wheat—Foreign arrivals heavy. Market flat. Adelaide is worth 455., and New Zealand 435. per 4961 b.

[by telegraph.] Dunedin, Sept. 10,

Good sample milling wheat, 4 s - 4 c b to 4s. yd. ; fowl’s wheat, 2s. 6d. to 35.; feed oats, is. sd. to is. 6d.; milling is. yd. to is. Sd. jlmalt barley. 2s. gel. to 3s. 3d. ; feed, is. gd. to 2s. 6c1.; potatoes, L2 55.; grass hay, L2 los ; oaten hay, L 3 ; medium wheat, 3s. gd. to 45.; straw, L2 ; bran, L 3 10s. ; pollard, L 4 10s. ; flour, Lio 10s. to Li 1 ; oatmeal, Lg I os.; pearl barley, LlB ; onions, ys. 6d. to Ss.; cheese, Scl. ; bacon, rolled, gd.; hams, gyid.; sides bacon, per lb. (grain fed); chaff, L2 15s. ; prime beef, 263. per loolbs. ; mutton, 2^d.

s . d. s . d. Butter, inferior to best I? lb 10 0 to 1 0 Eggs, ff? dozen 10 0 to 0 0 Cheese, prime quality, If? lb 0 6 to 0 8 Bacon, prime smoked, If? lb 0 10 to I 0 Hams iu cloth. If? lb I 2 to 0 0 Flour in bags, If? loolb 13 0 to 0 0 Oatmeal, lj? 251b 4 0 to 0 0 Lard, f? lb - 0 7 to 0 0

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 151, 11 September 1880

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