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From Monday Dext, says Friday's Domi:.ion. standard makes of butter will bo advanced another Id, per lb., makit g tbe wholesale price Is 2|d. per 11 , and the retail price Is 4d. per lb. On making inquires.on Thursday as to be unusually early rise made locally for butter, the reason given was Ihe high prices, ruling on tbe Horn-' markets. This is from £6 16s to £6 18s per ton, or roughly from Is 2|-d t) 1* 2|d per lb., practically the tbe p, : ee charged to retailers by the dairy produce merchants It would be impracticable to sell butter in New Zealand for less than what it is ob tainj; i at Home, but so far it must pay nnrchants better to sell here at Is 21, nid.her than pay all freight and transport charges and sell at Home at Is did, but the quantity consumed locally is small compared with that shipp d to England, and merchants band ing tho output of factories natanily wish to take advantage of tbo £.»od prices ruling in England for the It 1 ge lots they are able to send at this lime of the year, and the longsuffeiing public have to grin and bear it.

YYY.h flour being sold wholesale as high i<a £18 per ton (in the bakehouse) sugai being sold wholesale at £&1 103, and t:early every line of general grocery advanced a trifle, tbe cost of liv ing is, becoming a very serious matter to most people. Housekeepers know pretty well by this that the grocers' and bakers' bills have advanced at least 25 per cent since the war broke out, and are asking oue another when tbe all rounti increase is to end, With the big demand in Europe for cane sugar (consequent upon the cutting off of German beet supplies), the price, for that commodity is not likely to fall, and with the partial failure of the wheat crops both in Australia and New Zealand, flour (and consequently bread) is not likely to regain its nor mal for at least another twelve months. The positiou locally is likely to be accentuated by a poor fruit and potato season.

A factor has been the phenomenally dry winter aftid' spring experienced throughout the country, When con suited yesterday one gentleman? in re ferring to the abnormal conditions, staled that at one factory in Taranaki 250,000 gallons of milk were rec&ived dating September in . excess of the quantity recorded far tbe correspond ii g month of last year, but in October there was a drop of 500,000 gallons in the supply compared with that period last year.

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RISE IN BUTTER., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3467, 5 January 1915

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RISE IN BUTTER. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3467, 5 January 1915

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