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