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THE MARKETS. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. LONDON, January 16. Butter.—Danish. 153s to 1565. Jute.—January-February, £lB 15s. Hemp.—January-March. £25 15s. Cotton. —May-June shipments, 4.66;,. Copra.—South Sea, December-January. £23 12s 6d. Rubber. —Para. 2s 7?d; plantation, 2s 2d; smoked. 2s '3-' d. Quicksilver. £235. Silver, 22»d. Wheat.—The Chicago market is excited. May options, "1423 to 145£; July options, 125{- to 127-L The London market is very firm, but quieter. Wheat and flour afloat, 2,305.000 quarters; Continent, 2,270.000 quarters; Atlantic shipments, 718,000 quarters: Pacific, 45,000 quarters. Total: Europe, 1,229.000 quarters; India, 31,000 quarters. Rabbits.—Prices for frozen rabbits arc ftrni, and move art?. V,einj- (iiscViaYgecl. INSURANCE FIGURES'. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. SYDNEY. January 17. The new business of the A.M."P. Sncietv for 1914 was :—Ordinarv branch, over £6,500,000; industrial" hranch. £968.000. BANK OF VICTORIA. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. MELBOURNE, January 17. The Bank of Victoria's profits for the half vear ended December 31 were £BB.OOO. Owing to the war and the drousht a reduction of the dividend from 6 to 5 per cent, is recommended. BRITISH TRADE CONGESTION. (London * Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Services.) LONDON. January 15. Tha secretary of the Liverpool Shipowners' Association, reporting upon the congestion of the British overseas trade, states that the imports for the tive months August-Decomber totalled £262.515,208, as compared with £228,644,354 for the same period of 1913, and the exports £150,367,734, a.s compared with £221,241,400. The tonnage, bringing imports decreased by 29 per cent.

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COMMERCIAL., Evening Star, Issue 15703, 18 January 1915

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COMMERCIAL. Evening Star, Issue 15703, 18 January 1915