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.
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Cooking gas (ID/cylinder)
Diesel fuel (ID/liter)
Khubuz bread (ID/piece)
Samoun bread (ID/piece)