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A ghihnrton Retail List. Butter, inferior to lb, qd to is; eggs, V dozen, is 3d ; cheese, prime quality, 0 !b, ad to 6d ; baccsv . prime smoked, I? lb, is ; hams, in. cloth, 0 lb, is ,to is 2d ; flour, in b|sL’ 0 -rpplb, 12s ; oatmeal, 251 b, 4s; The Uhristchhrch Com Exchange. -r.I ■■■ The following is the report for the week ending:Friday, the Sth of April:— . jßusiness in the grain trade during the past week, has been rather sluggish. This is to be accounted fprtuainly by the dearth of tonnage. Lfltge quantities of grain are now lying in Lyttelton awaiting shipment, .and so .large have the arrivals, been, that the authorities are comrieWM to stack’the grain in ihe open, 6f course tik’ihg the pberaiition tb have it well covered. Country stations aie all crowded, and unable ta Wke more in.’ Under these circumstances it is not surprising that a check has been given to intending buyers. The long continued drought, to which was drawn in last week’s report* has been dispelled by -a seasonable? and: .copious • rain, which was general throughout -the country, and has been productive of much good..— Wheit: —Long beipcied ,parcels, in large lines and good quality wSIP 'bbmmand ‘3s 'qd to 3s lod per bushel, f.o.b. ; velvet chaff and pearl, 3s yd to 3s 8d ; HuntcrV white, 3s 6d; parcels of a quality not quitesogoodas the foregoing, 2d per bushel less; chick wheat, from is qd to 2s qd per bushel.— Oats ate:still'in:good demand, with the supply rather sbare.' Holders are still unwilling to take the money offered, while consumers will not give the advance asked. Good bright milling samples arc worth from Is 8d to is lod per bushel; feed quality, is 6d to yd per bushel,- No samples offering at the Com Exchange.—Barley : —The market is extremely dull," dittie or no business is being done, brewers and malsters are all fully supplied, and nonebut the primest samples will meet with any attention from them. Medium to really good may be: quoted at from 2s 6d to 3 s 6d per bushel V in' two instances, where the quality was exceptionally fine, 3d and. 6d per bushel over the highest .quotations was obtained. — Grass seed The demand continues active, with but two parcels offering. Well cleaned farmer’s parcels are worth from 3s 6d to 4s per bushel * indifferently- cleaned, according to sample.—Potatoes ;r-The market has not yet been fairly opendd, only a few small lots having changed hands (excepting those sales which take place for forward delivery). The few small sales which have been made have been from 33s to 35s per ton at country stations within from seven to eight miles of Christchurch. The tone .of the tharket is firm.—Beans and Peas ; —iThe forme! are being enquired- for at from 3s 10 3s id ; ‘the latter, 3s to 3s 6d, according to sort —Cheese and butter ;—The former is extremely dull of sale, “atjd to Sj-id per lb; to yd per lb. —Hay :—L2 10s per Jon;

Auctioneers’ Reports. Messrs H. ; Matson and Co.. report on the live stock market; for the week ending April 7th, 1881, as follows'; — At the Addington Yards on Wednesday last ‘‘there was a marked falling off in the supply of all classes of stock. Fat sheep represented about two-thirds of an average entry, whilst stores were in somewhat the same proportion. fff the -auction, one, or. two smilllimesofsecorid rate mutton were passed unsold, but immedrately after an improvement was-TJtrted," and every pen of anything like decent (quality fae sheep was taken up at prices showing an advance of from 6d to is 6d. per head over last week’s rates. Although all the merino mpttoniwas sold, the enquiry was not-sp.. strong nor.values so well maintained as in The' trade in aged store sheep is very much quielet, and the declining values previously ridted have in ho way been checked. Aged broken-mouth merinos (ewes or wethers) in low «)fe&ition are very difficult to quit, in fact, for-this class of sheep during the past month there has-been quite a reaction in trade. Young crossbred ewes’ for breeding purposes are stillO&tirth as they have been at any tinje.tbis ’season, and from their general • scarcity are likely to continue high in price;. We quote two, or fopr-tooth ewes of this class at to pics 6d; merino ewes of the •ame' age, 6s 1 to 7s 6d ; prime crossbred wethers »ild oh Wednesday up to 15s; mixed lots) lis to-ljs 6d ;; merino wethers, 7s to Bs. In beef there was a bare market, and as the bulk) of the> entry ?was sold privately, prior to the the . few remaining lots commanded a fair amount of competition, and were quittfil at an advance of ios, per head over iafe rilling rates. The price of beef will of course fluctuate weds by week, according to supply, but, .that prices, will be very much more. satlsfhtftory during the winter months we’, thifak ihere can be but little doubt, the same applying in a- less extent to fat sheep. ThfeSprice of Store cattle, speaking generally, is unaltered, but with one or two outside buyers ih yesterday’s- market, most of the lines were cleared at firmer rates. The total yarded (hr the .day comprised .6,266 sheep, 286 head 1 off cattje, and, 183 pigs, of which our entryp,included 2,148 sheep; 173 head of cattle, and Jt pigs. In fat crossbred sheep we sold 59,wethers at 14s pd, 130 mixed sexes at lis 34, -30 at 12s 3d, 117 at lis, 160 at los pd, 40-at I is, 40 at’ los pd, 52 at ps, 68 at ps 3Cto merino wethers at 7s pd, 50 at Bs, 46 at 7S t pd, roo at Ss, po at Bs, 46 at 7s pd, 138 aged crossbred store ewes at 6s Bd, 600 cull merino ewes at ; 2s 3d, &c. Fat cattle, from SISS to>£B ; stores, 6at £4 15s, 5 at £1 at £2, 15 at- yz 7s,- ip at £2, and a number of cows, &a,- at current rates. In pigs tKbre is.a drop, in price, l especially for light weight porkers. Bacon hogs, .heavy epougb for.,curing, are little’ riiore in request, ~l

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 314, 8 April 1881

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 314, 8 April 1881

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