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COMMERCIAL.

Ashburton Guardian Office, Saturday afternoon,

Mr E. G. Staveley (for the New Zealand , Loan and Mercantile Agency Company, Limited), reports on the produce markets for the "week ending Saturday, iSth April, as follows Wool: Reports from London con- 1 tinue unsatisfactory, and until the political horizon is cleared of the war clouds now looming so heavily, we fear the market must re- c main depressed to the, disadvantage of all : shippers and growers.— Sheepskins : Ihurs- c day’s auctions passed off with spirit, and a slight rally in prices was observable, especially in good green skins. We had a well assorted catalogue, which with private sales gave a | total for the week of 5,722 skins, at the fol- j lowing prices :—Factory,skins, 2s 8d to 2s i butchers’ crossbreds, is yd to 2s 8d ; butchers merinos, is 2d to 2s 3d; lambskins, is gd to 2s 7d ; country crossbreds, is lid to 3s id, 3 s 6d to 4s 4d ; country merinos, 2s 2d to 4s, 4s id to 4s sd.— Tallow and Fat: Supplies a-e now generally in good dry condition, and sed readily at to 2d per lb for rough fat. Well rendered tallow is worth 24; to 265. Hides: These were held over for another ■week. Trices are firm at late quotations. — Wheat; The bellicose cablegrams published during the, .week, couple I with the aunt uncement o- a sharp rise in London (which this Company was the first to make), have completely unsettled the market. Growers are not now disposed- to quit at former rates, whilst buyers are not disposed to accede to the demands of holders pending more definite news regarding the, permanency or otherwise of the rise. Owing to these circumstances very little wheat has changed hands. Damaged wheat, but dry and in condition for shipment, is more saleable, and several lines have changed hands at an advance on former quotations, bringing fates up to 2s 3d to 2s sd, f o.h. Damp wheat which will not carry is in plentiful shpply and selling at is lod to 2s Oats : Prime sorts have fair attention at is gd for short and is yd for long vari-ties. Discolored arfd otherwise inferior are a drug at ’s 3d to is sd, fob.—Barley ; Some very prime samples have been on offer during the week, and though malsters are now well supplied, they have preferred to overbuy rather than lose them. .For ..such 3s ?d to 3s gd is now full value. Good medium quality is offering at 3s 3d to 3s 6d —Grass Seed : Rye grass his had but little attention, and until the opening of the spring trade we do not look lor much activity! There are buyers of farmers’ lots at 2s 6d to 2s gd, but machine dressed is neglected. Cocksfoot is being forced on (lama’ket in quantity, but owing to the scarcity of prime quality," good seed, commands 3%d ; discolored is passing into the hands of merchants at 2d to 2>£d, according to quality and condition. —Dairy Produce : Butter is in fair request at 8d to but the quality must be good to command this price. Cheese is very difficult to quit at prices remunerative to maker*, and many a- e preparing for the London marketed is full value for ordinary make, but small loaf commands to sd.

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COMMERCIAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1517, 18 April 1885

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COMMERCIAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1517, 18 April 1885

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