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Tie local fruit <and produce, markets its?* ■been fully supplied during the past week, and trade (generally has been xafcaer doll, especially- the fruit market. .Local supplies of potatoes were forwarded" Iα iheavy consignments, and many samples ivere of a poor quality. Onions were also plentiful, the demand .being smalL Only small sup.pHes of butter, and eggs were sent to the auctions.. Poultry was In heavy supply to a ' satisfactory demand, while young pigs were luird to quit ot low prices. iFruit was in heavy supply, and prices in many instances ruled low, owing to the unfavonraihle weather. Following were the ruling prices at .the auction sales yesterday;— (Field Produce. —Potatoes: Southern, prime -£4 5/ ton, local £3 to J23 15/. Onions: Prime £5 to .£5.10/ ton. iPumiiMns: 2/6 to 4/. KTimarasi 5/ to 6/ ewt (Dairy Produce. —'Butter: $n prints, prime, 9d to S}d per-., ib; farmers', bulk, prime, 7d; inferior, 6d; milled, in irallc, for export, Qii, .Eggs: iFresa, T/4 to 1/S dozen; pickled, 1/3. Frtrit. —Apples: ■Local, coloured, extra superior, 6/ to 7/ case; medium, '3/ to 4/; poor, 2/ to 2/6; cooking, 2/S to 4A ' Pears: Bon Chretien, 15/ "to 16/ case; «*here; dessert, 5/ to 8/6; cooking, 3/ to 5/. ' Plum*: 'English -varieties, 1/6 to 2/S -bos. Peaches: Coloured, good, "3/to 4/; epectal,"s/ to */; others, 1/6 4t>-2/6- Grapes: .Hothouse, .tjdi to lOd Ib; outdoor, Id to 3d. Tomatoes: Outdoor, 1/ to" 2/6 box. Oranges:, Jsland, 5/ to 6/ case. Lemons: .Local, prime, 6/ to 7/ lease; local, rough* arid coarsei "3/to 4/; Messina., 7/toaO/. Cape .gooseberries: 33d to 4d. <Jnlnces: 2/ to 3/ case. Passionfruitr 9d to S/B *os. Eigs: 1/6 to 2/6. bos. -Melons- Water, 5/ to 10/ dozenj rock, 2/ to 6/. 'Wainuts: 4d to 6d Ib. PeaSrifs: "2id to 3d , 7 b. cßaoanas: 3/ to Tβpacked, 2d ib. Pines: 7/6 crate., jOocaa.mits: 6/ sack. Poultry.—Hens: 1/3 *o 1/9 each.-- TaW* roosters: OHeaivy, 3/6 to 4/ each; good. 2/3 to 2/9; small, 9d to 1/9._ Docks: 1/6 to 2/. Geese: 2/6 to 8/. Turkeys: GohKers, 7/ to 10/;. hens, 5/6 to 6/.. . • _, ■ JSHscellaiieons.—Xonus piss: 4/ to 7/. j., ~ __ _Jsl - 1 LONDON MAdREETS.~ - (By Cable.—Press "Asspciation.;;—Copyright). LONDON, March 26. Following are the Bank of England returns forthe week:—Gold coin, f3»,347,000; reserve S0,712,000; proportion of reserre •to liabilities. 49.05 per cent; notes in circulation, £28,685,000; public deposits, £20,----039,000; other aeposits," Government securities, secure ties, £35,059,000The bank rate is 3 per cent. Short loans, 3 per cent. Three months' bins are discounted in London at 2 per cent, and te Paris at 11 per cent Consols, £83 IS/. __T!ctorian 4 per cents. £103. South Australian 3i per cents, d£99r '3 per cents, £84. Queensland UJ per cents, 296 10/. New Zealand 4 per cents, £106 10/. Tnsmanian 3J per centsv £97-10/;'3 per cents, £87. West Australian 3S per 10/; 3 per cents, £87 10/. ■ '>' - ■ - ■• ■- ■ Tbe wheat markets are firm, - the good Continental demand being neutralised by the effect of large shipments' and fluctuating markets. American cargoes are firm. Three cargoes of A.U3tralian sold at 39/7}, 40/, and 40,3 respectively, SSOO quarters 61 a March-April shipment at- -40/, Australian parcels near landing at 39/3, a FebruaryMarch shipment .-it 39/41, and Australian on spot at 41/6 to 42/. Flour is firmer. Patent sorts on spot are quoted in London at 29/6 and in-Glasgow at 30/. . ~ n The butter market is. stagnant. Colonial is neglected and choicest Australian sold at 100/ to 102/; New Zealand 104/, unsalted 106/; Argentine aalted, 104/; Danish, uachanged. " New Zealand Cheese. —White, 60/ to 61/J coloured, 64/ to 65/. Metals. —Copper: On spot, - £56; at three months, £56 16/3: electrolytic, £57. Tin: On spot £129 10/; at three months, £131 2/6. Lead, £13 11/3. Spelter, £21 5/. Iron, 46/4. Sugar.—German, 10/5; first marks, 12/4. The Bradford wool market U firm, with, small business. Forties sold at 12Jd; fortysixes, 14d; common sixties, 24id; super, 25id; Bixty-foura, 28Jd, ' *■ —— ■—— ~. '~ sps - FBOZESX MEAT. i Messrs. Dalgety and Co., Ltd., hare received the following cable from ttelr London office, under "date 25th" Inst: —- Quotation N.Z. prime ox beef, fores 2Jd, hinds 3d. Demand for S.Z. lamb is limited. Qao'cation N.Z., prime crosgbred- lamb,-Can-terbury, heavy ,4|dV; light sd. Quotation N.Z. prime crossbred lamb. North' Island, heavy 4}d per Ib, light 4}d, Demand for N.Z. mutton- is limited. Quotation N.Z. prime crossbred mutton, Canterbury, heavy; aa, light SJd. Quotation N.Z. prime crossbred mutton. North Island, heary 38d, light 3d. Demand NJZ. beef is limited. Market for N.Z. beef, lamb, and mutton prices weaker. Demand for Australian iamb is not Improved by change In prices. Quotation Australian prime crossbred lamb, heavy 3Jd. light 3£d. Quotation Australian prime crossbred mutton, heavy 2id, light 2Jd. Stocks of frozen mutton and lamb are large, ana market weak; very moderate demand* JJx* pect a. further decline In prices. . ■ . % ._ . j^ : ■— TALLOW. « " Messrs Dalgety and Co., Ltd., have re. ceived the following cable from their iondon office, under date 25th Inst:— . "Good mixed tallow Iβ 34; lower. IFor tali low of low and Inferior descriptions. change in price is in favour of sellers. ,, ." ■ %M . . "i CBy. Telegraph.—Press Association. J }t3 — ■ " QWELLINGTOK, this day- ** i.V cable from the Higb Camadastoner. , dated 26th, states:- wool sales closed firm, with excellent compotttfon for all descrfptions, and the advance "was fully maintained. .A. "very small quarrtity Iβ held <Jver* Bnsiness in tbe masFufactorlng , . distric|s is improving, and prospects are favourable. (Estimated values: Superior merino 1/ to 1/2, medimn merino 105 to Inferior xneilno 7a to 9Jd, fine crossbreds <all grades) 1/ to 1/3, medium cxossbredß 4aH grades) 9irt to lljd, coarse crossbreds <all grad-es) 6jd to Bid,

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COMMERCIAL. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 74, 27 March 1909

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