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Price Check: Baghdad Neighborhoods
Marked Shifts in Key Household Fuel Prices; Cigs, Breads Stable
12/15/2008 2:48 PM ET
Auto fuel (ID/liter)
28-Nov 13-Dec Percent change
Baghdad al-Jadida 800 700 -12.5%
Sadr City 650 650
Harthiya 800 700 -12.5%
'Amil 800 700 -12.5%
Sha'b 800 800
Ghazaliya 800 700 -12.5%
Mansour 800 800
Kadhimiya 700 700
Karrada 700 700

Slogger sources in nine areas of the Iraqi capital report dramatic shifts in street prices of several common fuels over the last two weeks. The most notable change occurred in the price of cooking gas, a butane-based fuel used in household food preparation. That fuel saw double-digit percentage increases across the capital, leaping by 60 percent or more in the eastern Baghdad district of Sadr City and the central district of Mansour, while most other areas saw increases of 40 percent. Even the lowest reported increase, in the southwestern al-'Amil area, saw prices increase by 16.7%, itself a dramatic shift.

The striking leap in the price of cooking gas may be related to the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, in which food preparation is a central activity. Because of the Eid, observed last week in Iraq and the Muslim world, IraqSlogger did not feature a price check report last week.

Meanwhile, as the table shows above, the price of gasoline fell by 12.5 percent in four of the nine areas, from the eastern Baghdad al-Jadida, to the central Harthiya, to the western 'Amil and Ghazaliya districts. That price held stable in five other areas. However, those same four areas saw an increase in the price of diesel fuel, as shown below, while diesel prices held steady in the other sampled districts.

The price of kerosene, used in home heating, fell in Baghdad al-Jadida but remained constant elsewhere in the city.

Fuel prices are reported for the black-market operations where Iraqis often are compelled to turn for their energy needs when petroleum derivatives are unavailable at officially-sanctioned sellers at the state-fixed price.

The reported volatility in Baghdad fuel prices occurs against the backdrop of stability in the non-fuel consumer goods that Slogger tracks each week, including two staple breads and cigarettes.

Stay tuned for more exclusive price check reporting from the Iraqi capital.


Cooking gas (ID/cylinder)

28-Nov 13-Dec Percent change
Baghdad al-Jadida 10000 14000 40.0%
Sadr City 8000 13000 62.5%
Harthiya 10000 14000 40.0%
'Amil 12000 14000 16.7%
Sha'b 10000 16000 60.0%
Ghazaliya 10000 14000 40.0%
Mansour 10000 16000 60.0%
Kadhimiya 10000 14000 40.0%
Karrada 10000 14000 40.0%

Diesel fuel (ID/liter)
28-Nov 13-Dec Percent change
Baghdad al-Jadida 700 900 28.6%
Sadr City 700 700
Harthiya 700 800 14.3%
'Amil 750 750
Sha'b 700 800 14.3%
Ghazaliya 700 800 14.3%
Mansour 800 800
Kadhimiya 800 800
Karrada 800 800

Kerosene (ID/liter)
28-Nov 13-Dec Percent change
Baghdad al-Jadida 900 800 -11.1%
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)
28-Nov 13-Dec
Baghdad al-Jadida 20000 20000
Sadr City 18000 18000
Harthiya 20000 20000
'Amil 18000 18000
Sha'b 18000 18000
Ghazaliya 18000 18000
Mansour 20000 20000
Kadhimiya 18000 18000
Karrada 20000 20000

Khubuz bread (ID/piece)
28-Nov 13-Dec
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)
28-Nov 13-Dec
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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