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Price Check: Baghdad Neighborhoods
Slogger Sources: Black-market Fuel Prices Stable -- but Still High
12/03/2007 2:10 PM ET
Auto fuel (ID/liter)
24-Nov 1-Dec
Baghdad al-Jadida 800 800
Sadr City 700 700
Karrada 750 750
Kadhimiya 750 750
Mansour 700 700
Ghazaliya 800 800
Sha'b 700 700
Hay al-'Amil 800 800
Harthiya 900 900

For the first time since IraqSlogger started gathering its exclusive prices data tracking prices of key commodities in nine disparate Baghdad neighborhoods, Slogger's sources report that prices are unchanged in all sampled commodities in all nine neighborhoods over since last week's report.

Black-market rates for two key fuels, usually the most volatile prices in the data, remained stable in the week ending December 1. However, Slogger sources report that street prices of gasoline and cooking gas remain significantly higher than the state-set prices of 400 ID/liter and 4000 ID/cylinder respectively.

By Iraqi standards, even these prices official prices are considered high, and refined petroleum products are often unavailable at the official price, forcing consumers to purchase their fuels from black-market operations.

Meanwhile, prices of a carton of Marlboros, and two staple breads, khubuz and samoun, also remained unchanged in all nine districts.

Is this stability the start of a trend or a one-off fluke? Will black-market prices remain inflated or will they begin to converge with the official prices? Stay tuned for next week's report.

Click here for a map marking the location of the nine sampled Baghdad districts.

All of IraqSlogger's Price Check coverage is available here.

Marlboros (ID/carton)

24-Nov 1-Dec
Baghdad al-Jadida 16000 16000
Sadr City 16000 16000
Karrada 16500 16500
Kadhimiya 16500 16500
Mansour 17000 17000
Ghazaliya 17000 17000
Sha'b 16000 16000
Hay al-'Amil 16000 16000
Harthiya 16000 16000

Cooking gas (ID/cylinder)

24-Nov 1-Dec
Baghdad al-Jadida 12000 12000
Sadr City 10000 10000
Karrada 13000 13000
Kadhimiya 12000 12000
Mansour 12000 12000
Ghazaliya 12000 12000
Sha'b 13000 13000
Hay al-'Amil 12000 12000
Harthiya 13000 13000

Samoun bread (ID/piece)

24-Nov 1-Dec
Baghdad al-Jadida 100 100
Sadr City 100 100
Karrada 125 125
Kadhimiya 100 100
Mansour 125 125
Ghazaliya 100 100
Sha'b 100 100
Hay al-'Amil 100 100
Harthiya 100 100

Khubuz bread (ID/piece)

24-Nov 1-Dec
Baghdad al-Jadida 175 175
Sadr City 100 100
Karrada 175 175
Kadhimiya 175 175
Mansour 175 175
Ghazaliya 200 200
Sha'b 150 150
Hay al-'Amil 175 175
Harthiya 175 175
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