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Price Check: Baghdad Neighborhoods
Black-Market Fuel Prices Spike Sharply after Weeks of Stability
12/10/2007 09:00 AM ET
Auto fuel (ID/liter)
1-Dec 8-Dec Percent change
Baghdad al-Jadida 800 900 12.5%
Sadr City 700 800 14.3%
Karrada 750 800 6.7%
Kadhimiya 750 800 6.7%
Mansour 700 900 28.6%
Ghazaliya 800 900 12.5%
Sha'b 700 900 28.6%
Hay al-'Amil 800 800
Harthiya 900 900

IraqSlogger sources in nine disparate Baghdad neighborhoods report a striking reversal in a month-long downward trend in the black-market prices of two key fuels.

As the tables show, Slogger sources report dramatic rises in the price of gasoline over the past week in seven of the nine neighborhoods where data is collected. The spikes range from 6.7% in Karrada and Kadhimiya to 28.6%, as compared to last week's reported prices.

Yet the black-market price of cooking gas, used in food preparation, rose even more dramatically than that of auto fuel. As the table below shows, in only one week, the street prices in all nine sampled districts rose by rates as high as 108%. The spike was no less than 76.9% in the Karrada and Sha'b districts, and prices more than doubled on the streets of Mansour and Ghazaliya.

The price spikes in auto fuel and cooking gas are even more striking against the backdrop of stability in the prices of cigarettes and two staple breads, khubuz and samoun, as reported by Slogger's sources.

This development follows several weeks of declining or stable prices in Baghdad's black-market auto fuel and cooking gas prices, according to IraqSlogger's weekly reports.

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

Stay tuned for more of IraqSlogger's exclusive coverage of black-market prices, and click here for see all of IraqSlogger's price check coverage.

Marlboros (ID/carton)

1-Dec 8-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)

1-Dec 8-Dec Percent change
Baghdad al-Jadida 12000 22000 83.3%
Sadr City 10000 20000 100.0%
Karrada 13000 23000 76.9%
Kadhimiya 12000 22000 83.3%
Mansour 12000 25000 108.3%
Ghazaliya 12000 25000 108.3%
Sha'b 13000 23000 76.9%
Hay al-'Amil 12000 24000 100.0%
Harthiya 13000 24000 84.6%

Khubuz bread (ID/piece)

1-Dec 8-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

Samoun bread (ID/piece)

1-Dec 8-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
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