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