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Price Check: Baghdad Neighborhoods
Sharp Drops in Black-Market Fuel Prices Reported Around the Capital
12/29/2008 12:30 PM ET
Auto fuel (ID/liter)
13-Dec 27-Dec Percent change
Baghdad al-Jadida 700 700
Sadr City 650 600 -7.7%
Harthiya 700 800 14.3%
'Amil 700 800 14.3%
Sha'b 800 700 -12.5%
Ghazaliya 700 750 7.1%
Mansour 800 800
Kadhimiya 700 700
Karrada 700 700

IraqSlogger sources across nine disparate Baghdad districts report marked shifts in black-market prices in several key household fuels.

The price of cooking gas, a butane blend used in food preparation, is down by double-digit percentages in all nine districts where Slogger sources routinely monitor the prices of a basket of staple fuels and consumable goods, a sharp departure from the trends reported in the week ending December 13, when cooking gas shot up in price around the city. Cooking gas prices in Baghdad's southwestern al-'Amil district showed the least movement in either direction over the two reports, while other Baghdad districts showed drops in cooking gas prices last week ranging from percentages in the high 20s to the high 30s.

Street prices for auto fuel slid again in Sadr City, which remains the cheapest reported area of the city to purchase gasoline, while a drop was also reported in the nearby Sha'b district. The western Baghdad areas of Harthiya, 'Amil, and Ghazaliya all reported auto fuel price increases, though prices remained stable in other Western Baghdad areas such as Mansour and Kadhimiya.

Street prices for diesel fuel, usually more stable than the two commodities mentioned above, fell in Baghdad al-Jadida, east of the Tigris, and Mansour, in central Baghdad west of the river. Sadr City and Sha'b saw drops of 6.3 percent in street prices for Kerosene, used in home heating, since the last report.

All this volatility in petroleum derivatives on the black markets in Baghdad, to which consumers often turn when fuels are unavailable at officially set rates, occurs against the backdrop of stability in prices for two staple breads and Marlboro cigarettes in all nine districts.

Stay tuned for more of IraqSlogger's exclusive price-check data from Iraq.


Cooking gas (ID/cylinder)

13-Dec 27-Dec Percent change
Baghdad al-Jadida 14000 10000 -28.6%
Sadr City 13000 8000 -38.5%
Harthiya 14000 10000 -28.6%
'Amil 14000 12000 -14.3%
Sha'b 16000 10000 -37.5%
Ghazaliya 14000 10000 -28.6%
Mansour 16000 10000 -37.5%
Kadhimiya 14000 9000 -35.7%
Karrada 14000 10000 -28.6%

Diesel fuel (ID/liter)
13-Dec 27-Dec Percent change
Baghdad al-Jadida 900 800 -11.1%
Sadr City 700 700
Harthiya 800 800
'Amil 750 750
Sha'b 800 800
Ghazaliya 800 800
Mansour 800 850 6.3%
Kadhimiya 800 800
Karrada 800 800

Kerosene (ID/liter)
13-Dec 27-Dec Percent change
Baghdad al-Jadida 800 800
Sadr City 800 750 -6.3%
Harthiya 800 800
'Amil 900 900
Sha'b 800 750 -6.3%
Ghazaliya 800 800
Mansour 1000 1000
Kadhimiya 900 900
Karrada 1000 1000

Marlboros (ID/carton)
13-Dec 27-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)
13-Dec 27-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)
13-Dec 27-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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