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Ashburton Retail List. Butter, inferior to best, I? H), 8d to lod. Eggs, W dozen, is. Cheese, prime quality, P lb, 4d to 6d. ■ Bacon, prime smoked, P' lb, is. Hams, in cloth, $ lb, is to is 2d. Flour, in bags, I? loolb, 13s. Oatmeal, 251 b, 4s. lard, $ lb, yd. The Christchurch Corn ExchangeThe following is the report for the week ending Friday evening, the 25th inst.:— The past week has not developed any material change in the grain trade. The unprecedented spell of dry weather has enabled the proprietors of threshing machines to keep them steadily at work, and the consequence is very heavy arrivals at all country stations. Tonnage is still scarce, but the recent arrivals and others overdue will doubtless relieve the pressure now being felt at Lyttelton and other ports. It is announced by the railway authorities that it will be advisable for farmers to withhold deliveries, pending the clearance of the outstqtions.:, ,-Tai mers will, it is presumed, see the nfljߣSSity of seconding the efforts of the traffic , maniageitin this dii action. Wheat.—Good long berried sound parcels in large lines will command 3s 8d to 3s gtl, f.oib. in Lyttelton. Hunter’s white, Essex, Pearl, and other descriptions of white wheat, 3s 6d to 3s yd. Chick wheat varies so much in quality that a wide margin must be given, viz., is pd to 2s pd per bushel. Oats are coming to hand very slowly. The demand is good. Growers, however, appear to be indifferent for the prices offered. Good stqjlt milling are worth from is yd to is pel; good feed samples, is 4d to is 6d per bushel. Parley.—The hulk of the samples coming to hand are of inferior quality, and for these the demand is heavy. Sales are taking place of fair to medium malting at from 2s 6d to 2s pd per bushel; really first-class malting will command 3s 4d to 3s 6d per bushel. Grass Seed.—The demand continues steady at lasi week’s quotations. Well cleaned farmers’ parcels are saleable at from 3s 6d to 3s -pd per bushel ; indifferently cleaned according to sample. Fp.tatpes.—Business in this tuber has not yet assumed definite proportions. A few sales have-taken place for forward delivery at 35s per ton. Cheese and Butter.—The former is exceedingly unsaleable; really good quality is only worth from 3d to to P et lb ; the latter is worth 6j£d to yd per lb. Hay, Lz 10s per ton, with a slightly improved demand.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 302, 25 March 1881

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 302, 25 March 1881