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COMMERCIAL.

FRUIT AND PRODUCE MARKETS. 1 Tbe local fruit and produce markets have i been well supplied during the past week, , and with the exception of fruit, which has steadily declined In values, there have been I no changes In prices to report. The wet , weather has had a very detrimental effect ou prices generally, In addition to causing i quite a quantity of peaches to be opened up , In a poor to bad state. Poultry again sold well, while both eggs and b"tter were lv ■ short supply. Increased prices being recelv,ed for eggs. Following were the ruling , prices at the auction sales yesterday:— Field Produce. — Potatoes: Southern, prime, £4 ton; local, £3 10/ to £4; poor, £2 , 10/ to £3. Onions: Local, 5/ to 6/ cwt. Dairy Produce.—Butter: Farmers', In , prints, prime. Gd to lid lb; farmers', bulk, . prime, 7d to 8d; Inferior, 6d; milled, In bulk, for export, OJd. Eggs: Fresh, 1/8 to 1/0 1 dozen; pickled, 1/3. Fruit.—Apples: Local, 'coloured, extra superior, 6/ to 8/ case; medium, 4/ to 51; cooking, 3/ to 5/. Grapes: Local, outdoor, Id to 3d lb: Indoor, 4d to 9Jd. Pears: Bon Chretien, 7/ to 15/; others, dessert, 3s to 8/6; cooking, 3/ to hi. Plums: English varieties, 1/ to 2/6 box. Peaches: Coloured, 2/ to 4/; others, 2/ to 2/3. Tomatoes: Outdoor, Cd to 2/ box. Oranges: Island, 5/ to 8/ case. Lemons: Local, prime, 6/ to 8/8 I case; local, rough and coarse, 3/ to 4/6. Cape gooseberries. Sid to 4Jd lb. Quinces, , 2/ to 3/0 case. Passlon-frult, 1/ to 2/0 box. , Melons: Water, 3/ to 20/ dozen: rock, 1/ to . 3/0. Walnuts: Local, 3d to 4Jd lb. Peanutß, 3d. Bananas, 3/ to 5/ bunch; repack- - - ed, ljd to 2d lb. Pines, 3/ to 8/6 crate. , Cocoanuts, 6/ to 7/ sack. Poultry.—Hens. 1/3 to 1/11 each; table i roosters, 2/ to 4/1 each; small, 1/ to 1/0. Ducks, 1/3 to 21; geese, 3/6 to 4/0; chicks, i 4d to Cd; turkeys, gobblers 7/6 to 12/6, hens - 8/ to 6/. i Miscellaneous.—Young pigs, 6/ to 10/.

DALGETY AND CO.'S REPORT.

> _____ Dalgety and Co., Limited, report having ; held their usual weekly sale of hides, skins, tallow, etc., on Tuesday, the 16th Inst. Hides.—Market firm. We quote: Extra ' stout ox, up to 7sd; stout, 61d to 7d; mc- • dium 6d to 6Jd; light, 5Jd to 5 7-Sd; cow, best 'lines 51d to sjd, good lines sid tb 5 8-Bd, Inferior 4Jd to sd; stags', 3Jd to 4d; kips, 3}d to 5Jd; calf, 5d to sid. Damaged hides, 3d to 4id. Sheepskins.—Market Arm. Best woolly. butchers', large to 5/6, medium 3/6 to 4/3, small 2/6 to 3/; lambs' and sheep pelts, 2/0 I to 3/2; Inferior, 1/0 to 1/9. ' Tallow.—Best mixed, up to 25/6; good, ; 22/6 to 23/6; Inferior. 17/6 to 20/. Bough ! fat, ljd to 1 5-8 d per lb. ' Cow tails, 1/8 per dozen. Horsehair, 1/2 to 1/3 per lb. Bones, £4 17/6 per ton. | We have received the following cable- ' gram from our London offlce under date the ISth Inst.:—Frozen meat: Quotations for New Zealand prime ox beef: Forequarters, [ 2id; hindquarters, 3d. The demand foi 1 New Zealand mutton Is limited. Quota--1 tlons for New Zealand prime crossbred mut- • ton: Canterbury, heavy 3d, light 3Jd; North 1 Island, heavy 2Jd. light 3 l-Bd. The demand for New eZalnnd lamb is limited. Quotations 1 for New Zealand prime crossbred lamb: Can- ! terbury, heavy 4Jd, light sd; North Island, I heavy 4id light 4 5-Bd. The demand for 1 New Zealand beef Is limited, and the market weak. The market for New Zealand lamb and mutton Is weaker, while the de- • mand for Australian lamb Is limited. Quota- > tlons for good average quality Australian ' crossbred lamb: Heavy, 8 3-8 d; light, 4d. . Quotations for prime Australian crossbred mutton: Heavy, 2 3-8 d; light, 2Jd.

LOSDON CABLiE.

' (By Cable.—Press Association.—Copyright.) (Received 10.40 a.m.) i ———— I LONDON. March 19. 1 Bank of England Returns: Gold coin, £38,387,000; reserve, £20.738,000: propor- : tion reserve to liabilities, 40.41; circulation, • £23,084,000; public deposits, £18,830,000; " other deposits, £41.o02,000; Government " securities, £15,140,000; other securities, c £33,604.000. Mouey Market: Three months' bills— 1 London, 2J; Paris. li: Berlin, 2 13-16. Short J loan bills, 2j. i Console: 83|. New South Wales fours, 3 108, three halfs 97i, threes 87; Victorian c fours 1031, three halfs 08, threes 87; Queensland three halfs 06$, New Zealand - fours 107; Tasmanian three halfs 97J; Perth a three halfs 08}; other Btocks unchanged. Wheat: The market is firm, and confl- . dence has recovered, resulting In renewed 1 Inquiry for distant shipments at premium. 3 over present prices. Two cargoes of Australian sold at 30/6 and 39/9 respectively. 1 Holders are asking 40/3 for March-April - shipment; 40/6 Aprli-May shipment. Flour: Steady, and less animated; patent j brands, London 28/, Glasgow unchanged. 3 Butter: The market Is very flat, with . little inquiry for colonial, retailers pre- __ f erring other descriptions. Prices are noml- _> nally unchanged. Copper: Spot, £55 S/9; three months. £56; electrolytic, £66 10/. Tin: Spot, £120 2/6; three months, £130 1?.'6. Iron: 46/3. Spelter: £21 2/6. Sugar: Firm. German 10/5, first marks 12/4.

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COMMERCIAL. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 68, 20 March 1909

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