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Price Check: Baghdad Neighborhoods
Against Stability in Other Commidities, a Dramatic Drop in One Key Fuel Price
11/24/2008 12:41 PM ET
Auto fuel (ID/liter)
14-Nov 21-Nov
Baghdad al-Jadida 800 800
Sadr City 650 650
Harthiya 800 800
'Amil 800 800
Sha'b 800 800
Ghazaliya 800 800
Mansour 800 800
Kadhimiya 700 700
Karrada 700 700

The latest report from IraqSlogger's sources around the Iraqi capital shows dramatic drops in black-market prices of a common household fuel in nearly all areas of the capital, with the exception of one district in the southwest of the city where IraqSlogger's source provide price updates on key fuels and commodities week.

While prices of most of the fuels and household staples that IraqSlogger tracks were stable for the week ending November 21 from the last report, ending November 14, the price of cooking gas, a butane-based petroleum derivative used in food preparation, was down in eight of the nine districts where Slogger sources provide weekly data. In just one week, street prices of the fuel fell by as much as 33 percent in some districts, and by over 20 percent in all areas where the price changed. In this regard, the southwestern area of al-'Amil, bucks the trend reported elsewhere in the city, as cooking gas held stable at 12,000 Iraqi dinars per canister for the second week in a row.

See the tables presented here for all of this week's data.

The other price movements in this week's report show an 11 percent jump in the price of a carton of Marlboro cigarettes in the eastern district of Baghdad al-Jadida and the central area of Mansour, located west of the Tigris. Street prices for other fuels, including gasoline, kerosene and diesel fuel, remain stable, as do the prices for the two staple breads of khubuz and samoun.

In the case of petroleum derivatives, Iraqis often turn to informal merchants for their necessary fuels when they are unavailable at state-sanctioned filling stations. Street prices for these key fuels in the capital remain well above the state-set rates at officially sanctioned sellers.

Stay tuned for more exclusive price check data from IraqSlogger.


Cooking gas (ID/cylinder)

14-Nov 21-Nov Percent change
Baghdad al-Jadida 13000 10000 -23.1%
Sadr City 10000 8000 -20.0%
Harthiya 14000 10000 -28.6%
'Amil 12000 12000
Sha'b 14000 10000 -28.6%
Ghazaliya 13000 10000 -23.1%
Mansour 15000 10000 -33.3%
Kadhimiya 13000 10000 -23.1%
Karrada 15000 10000 -33.3%

Diesel fuel (ID/liter)
14-Nov 21-Nov
Baghdad al-Jadida 800 800
Sadr City 700 700
Harthiya 800 800
'Amil 750 750
Sha'b 800 800
Ghazaliya 800 800
Mansour 800 800
Kadhimiya 800 800
Karrada 800 800

Kerosene (ID/liter)
14-Nov 21-Nov
Baghdad al-Jadida 900 900
Sadr City 800 800
Harthiya 800 800
'Amil 900 900
Sha'b 800 800
Ghazaliya 800 800
Mansour 1000 1000
Kadhimiya 900 900
Karrada 1000 1000

Marlboros (ID/carton)
14-Nov 21-Nov Percent change
Baghdad al-Jadida 18000 20000 11.1%
Sadr City 18000 18000
Harthiya 20000 20000
'Amil 18000 18000
Sha'b 18000 18000
Ghazaliya 18000 18000
Mansour 18000 20000 11.1%
Kadhimiya 18000 18000
Karrada 20000 20000

Khubuz bread (ID/piece)
14-Nov 21-Nov
Baghdad al-Jadida 175 175
Sadr City 100 100
Harthiya 175 175
'Amil 175 175
Sha'b 150 150
Ghazaliya 200 200
Mansour 175 175
Kadhimiya 175 175
Karrada 175 175

Samoun bread (ID/piece)
14-Nov 21-Nov
Baghdad al-Jadida 125 125
Sadr City 100 100
Harthiya 125 125
'Amil 100 100
Sha'b 100 100
Ghazaliya 100 100
Mansour 125 125
Kadhimiya 125 125
Karrada 125 125

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