Black-market prices of cooking gas and auto fuel saw considerable fluctuations in several of the nine Baghdad neighborhoods where Slogger sources track prices of key commodities each week.
The black-market price of cooking gas fell by 25 percent in the central districts of Harthiya and Mansour, and by 14.3 percent in Karrada and Baghdad al-Jadida, according to Slogger sources in the capital. These fluctuations represent a marked shift compared with the last two weeks when cooking gas prices have been notably static. The average price of cooking gas across the nine neighborhoods is now at its lowest levels since Slogger began tracking prices in early 2007.
Following the unsettled patterns of last week's data, street prices of gasoline continue to fluctuate. The price of auto fuel fell by 16.7 percent in Sadr City and by 7.1 percent in Sha'b, while it rose by 14.3 percent in Karrada and Mansour, according to Slogger sources. Street prices of this commodity are now back down to the level that they were at two weeks ago.
In all nine sampled districts black-market prices of auto fuel and cooking gas remain much higher than the official prices of 400 ID/liter and 4000 ID/cylinder, respectively. These fuels are seldom available at these rates in Baghdad.
In other important news, the prices of khubuz bread fell dramatically in five of the nine districts. The price of this generally stable commodity fell by 28.6 percent in Baghdad al-Jadida and Hay al-'Amil, by 25 percent in Ghazaliya and by 14.3 percent in Kadhimiya and Mansour. The price of samoun bread was comparatively static, apart from in Mansour where it fell by 20 percent.
The price of Marlboro cigarettes, another commodity tracked in the nine districts, remain unchanged, according to Slogger sources.
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Auto fuel (ID/liter)
Khubuz bread (ID/piece)
Samoun bread (ID/piece)