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Ashburton Guardian Office, Friday Afternoon. A fair amount of business has been doing .in.'the grain market dining the week, and the demand for trade lots of wheat continues good. For prime samples 5s can be obtained without much difficulty, inferior kinds from about 4s Gd to 4s 9J. Good clean samples of seed wheats have been sold at satiafact >ry prices, anda fair demand exists still for spring varieties. Flour remains at previous quotations, but very little business has been effected. Some 600 tons of flour have been shipped from Dunedin curing the week for Sydney, and evidently the Otago millers have sprung a mine in finding this outlet. Oats are still without alteration, and no great amount has been done, prices, however, show no decline. Prime malting barley is inquired after, and will readily sell at 4s 3d to 4s 9J, inferior kinds are almost unsaleable. Potatoes are steadily advancing, and owing to the hardening tone of the market, farmers are difficult to do business with. Dairy produce has been in excellent demand, and owing to the increased prices obtainable in Australian markets, a considerable quantity has been shipped Butter has been sold in Melbourne during the previous week at 2a per lb, consequently a considerable quantity has been shipped from Canterbury lately. The weather during the week has been particularly fine, with occasional hard- frosts, but it has been all that coula be desired by farmers at.this period of the year. Messrs H. Matson and Co. report that fo Wednesday’s A ddington sale there was a considerably increased supply of sheep sent to hand; in fact the yards were crammed with mutton, of which a large proportion came from South Canterbury. As special lines, we may mention Messrs W. Grant, E. Washboume, K. Wright, Studholme, W. Hartnell, W. B. Clarkson, and E. G. Wright’s crossbreds, all of which sold at from 14s to 18s per head. Corn Exchange report for the week ending Friday evening, the 30th instant : —Business in the grain trade continues in the same semidormant state that has characterised it for some time back. Nevertheless prices in nearly all lines of produce are firm, and holders are disinclined to operate except at full rates.— Wheat : Good sound milling samples are worth from 4s rod to 5s per bushel, f.o.b. ; second quality, 4s 3 I to 4s 6d per bushel; chick wheat, 3s 3d to 4s per bushel; seed wheats, 5s 3d to 5s 6cl per bushel.—Oats ; Milling quality, 3s 3d to 3s 4d per bushel; feed, 3s id to 3s 3d per bushel ; seed parcels, 3s gd to 3s iod per bushel.—Barley : Prime malting is in good request, and saleable at from 4s 6d to 4s yd per bushel; feed, 3s 3d to 3s 6d.—Beans and Peas : The former are worth 4s 3d to 4s 4d per bushel, f.0.b., the latter from 3s gd to ss, according to quality. — Potatoes ; Business is still very inactive ; last week’s quotations must be repeated, 35s to 37s 6d. at country stations.—Cheese and Butter ; 6%td per lb for the former, is id for the latter.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 676, 30 June 1882

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 676, 30 June 1882

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