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Iraqis Face Familiar Cost Pressures; Public Services Key for Household Budgets
05/28/2008 1:36 PM ET
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Per capita household expenses for basic needs vary considerably among Iraqis, according to a recent IraqSlogger telephone poll of Iraqis around the country.

During the week ending may 24, IraqSlogger asked individuals in 17 cities around the country to provide a profile of their monthly budget for the basic expenses of food, housing, medical care, drinking water, and medical care. Respondents reported expenses for food ranging from the equivalent of $8 per month per person to $75 per month, and household transportation costs ranging from $13 to as high as $167 per month.

A recent ABC/BBC/ARD/NHK poll found a median income among Iraqis of $345 per month. IraqSlogger asked respondents to estimate if their monthly income is above, below, or about the same as that figure. In addition to estimating basic monthly expenses, respondents were asked if they expected their household's economic conditions to improve, decline, or stay the same in over the next year.

At the top end of the range of monthly reported food expenses, one respondent in the northern city of Mosul reported household food expenses for a household of five people at 450,000 Iraqi dinars (ID), the equivalent of $375 dollars, per month, which amounts to $75 per person monthly. The same household reports monthly expenses of $83 for transportation, and no monthly housing, medical, or drinking water costs.

Respondents who reported no monthly housing expenses tended to be homeowners, while respondents reporting no medical or drinking water expenses each month tended to rely on public infrastructure for these services, according to information provided by those taking the survey.

The next highest food expenses reported per person per month in Slogger's data came from a household of four in Najaf, whose respondent placed household income at above the median. The respondent reported spending $209 per month for food, or $52 for each person in the house. With monthly expenses of $167 for rent, $42 for medical expenses, $17 for drinking water, and $50 for transportation, the respondent reported expectations of declining economic circumstances in the coming year.

At the low end of the range in monthly food costs per person, a household of fifteen in Nasiriya in Dhi Qar province spends $8 per month per person on food, or $125 total. The respondent was unable to gauge household income against the reported median, saying that the household depended on farming income, which varied each season unpredictably. Monthly expenses for housing, medical costs, and drinking water were reported at zero, although the household spends $21 per month on transportation costs. The Iraqi respondent expected the household's economic conditions to remain the same over the next year, or possibly to improve.

In similar circumstances are members of a household of 14 in the city of Ba'qouba in Diyala Province. The respondent, who estimated monthly income at above the reported median, reported monthly food expenses of $125, or $9 per person, and $25 monthly transportation expenses. The respondent reported no monthly costs for housing, medical costs, and drinking water, and expected the household's economic situation to improve over the coming year.

In the middle range of the responses a respondent reported a household of 9 in Kirkuk where monthly food expenses are $209, or $19 per month per person. Medical expenses were reported at less than $8 per month, and drinking water at less than $4 monthly, but the respondent estimated transportation costs at $125 per month. The respondent, who reported household income higher than the reported median anticipated better economic conditions over the next year.

A table showing the results of IraqSlogger's mini-poll can be viewed here.

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Dramatic Fluctuations in Black-Market Prices of Auto Fuel and Cooking Gas
05/13/2008 8:49 PM ET
Cooking gas (ID/cylinder)
3-May 10-May Percent change
Baghdad al-Jadida 14000 12000 -14.3%
Sadr City 10000 10000
Karrada 14000 12000 -14.3%
Kadhimiya 12000 12000
Mansour 16000 12000 -25.0%
Ghazaliya 12000 12000
Sha'b 12000 12000
Hay al-'Amil 12000 12000
Harthiya 16000 12000 -25.0%

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.

To view all of IraqSlogger's exclusive price check coverage, click here.

For a map of the nine Baghdad districts represented in the weekly report, click here.

Auto fuel (ID/liter)

3-May 10-May Percent change
Baghdad al-Jadida 600 600
Sadr City 600 500 -16.7%
Karrada 700 800 14.3%
Kadhimiya 700 700
Mansour 700 800 14.3%
Ghazaliya 700 700
Sha'b 700 650 -7.1%
Hay al-'Amil 700 700
Harthiya 700 700

Khubuz bread (ID/piece)

3-May 10-May Percent change
Baghdad al-Jadida 175 125 -28.6%
Sadr City 100 100
Karrada 175 175
Kadhimiya 175 150 -14.3%
Mansour 175 150 -14.3%
Ghazaliya 200 150 -25.0%
Sha'b 125 125
Hay al-'Amil 175 125 -28.6%
Harthiya 175 175

Samoun bread (ID/piece)

3-May 10-May Percent change
Baghdad al-Jadida 100 100
Sadr City 100 100
Karrada 125 125
Kadhimiya 100 100
Mansour 125 100 -20.0%
Ghazaliya 100 100
Sha'b 100 100
Hay al-'Amil 100 100
Harthiya 100 100

Marlboros (ID/carton)

3-May 10-May
Baghdad al-Jadida 16000 16000
Sadr City 16000 16000
Karrada 18000 18000
Kadhimiya 18000 18000
Mansour 18000 18000
Ghazaliya 18000 18000
Sha'b 18000 18000
Hay al-'Amil 18000 18000
Harthiya 18000 18000
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Dramatic Fluctuations in Black Market Gasoline Prices in the Capital
05/09/2008 3:25 PM ET
Auto fuel (ID/liter)
26-Apr 3-May Percent change
Baghdad al-Jadida 600 600
Sadr City 500 600 20.0%
Karrada 800 700 -12.5%
Kadhimiya 700 700
Mansour 800 700 -12.5%
Ghazaliya 700 700
Sha'b 650 700 7.7%
Hay al-'Amil 700 700
Harthiya 700 700

Black market prices of auto fuel fluctuated considerably in several of the nine Baghdad neighborhoods where Slogger sources track prices of key commodities.

Gasoline prices in Karrada and Mansour fell by 12.5% and rose by 20% in Sadr City and by 7.7% in Sha'b, according to Slogger sources in the capital. These fluctuations bring the price of auto fuel down to 700 ID/liter in all districts with the exception of Sadr City where the price of gasoline is typically lower than in the other nine districts. The average price of auto fuel over the nine districts is now at its lowest point since Slogger began tracking prices in early 2007.

The 20-point hike in auto fuel prices on the streets of Sadr City is the most dramatic feature of this week's data, especially after IraqSlogger sources reported a month ago that the black-market prices in Sadr City had not spiked dramatically as the weeks-long siege of the district wore on. It bears noting that other commodities in Sadr City have not reflected this week's reported spike in black-market auto fuel prices in the district.

Street prices of cooking gas remain unchanged from last week, according to Slogger sources around the city. The price stability is another departure from last week's price check which showed black market prices of auto fuel and cooking gas falling in a number of districts.

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.

Prices in other key commodities in Baghdad neighborhoods remain relatively stable, according to Slogger sources, with a few exceptions. The price of a carton of Marlboro cigarettes rose three percent in Karrada, bringing it further in line with prices in the other nine neighborhoods. The price of the staple khubuz bread fell by 16.7% in Sha'b, making this district is now the cheapest place to buy this commodity outside of Sadr City.

In Mansour the price of samoun bread rose by 25%. Elsewhere prices of key commodities remain static.

Stay tuned for next week's update, and to view all of IraqSlogger's exclusive price check coverage, click here.

For a map of the nine Baghdad districts represented in the weekly report, click here.

Marlboros (ID/carton)

26-Apr 3-May Percent change
Baghdad al-Jadida 16000 16000
Sadr City 16000 16000
Karrada 18500 18000 -2.7%
Kadhimiya 18000 18000
Mansour 18000 18000
Ghazaliya 18000 18000
Sha'b 18000 18000
Hay al-'Amil 18000 18000
Harthiya 18000 18000

Cooking gas (ID/cylinder)

26-Apr 3-May
Baghdad al-Jadida 14000 14000
Sadr City 10000 10000
Karrada 14000 14000
Kadhimiya 12000 12000
Mansour 16000 16000
Ghazaliya 12000 12000
Sha'b 12000 12000
Hay al-'Amil 12000 12000
Harthiya 16000 16000

Khubuz bread (ID/piece)

26-Apr 3-May Percent change
Baghdad al-Jadida 175 175
Sadr City 100 100
Karrada 175 175
Kadhimiya 175 175
Mansour 175 175
Ghazaliya 200 200
Sha'b 150 125 -16.7%
Hay al-'Amil 175 175
Harthiya 175 175

Samoun bread (ID/piece)

26-Apr 3-May Percent change
Baghdad al-Jadida 100 100
Sadr City 100 100
Karrada 125 125
Kadhimiya 100 100
Mansour 100 125 25.0%
Ghazaliya 100 100
Sha'b 100 100
Hay al-'Amil 100 100
Harthiya 100 100
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Sharp Drops in Black-Market Fuel Prices in the Capital over Last Weeks
05/02/2008 3:11 PM ET
Auto fuel (ID/liter)
12-Apr 19-Apr 26-Apr
Baghdad al-Jadida 700 700 600
Sadr City 700 600 500
Karrada 750 900 800
Kadhimiya 700 900 700
Mansour 800 900 800
Ghazaliya 750 900 700
Sha'b 750 700 650
Hay al-'Amil 800 900 700
Harthiya 800 900 700

After an uptick in mid-April, black-market prices of key fuels fell dramatically over the last weeks in several of the nine Baghdad neighborhoods where Slogger sources track prices of certain commodities.

Street prices of gasoline rose in Baghdad for much of the week ending April 19, except in besieged areas of Sadr City and Sha'b where they fell, and the eastern district of Baghdad al-Jadida where they remained static.

However data from the week ending April 26 show black-market fuel prices falling sharply. In districts as widely dispersed as Baghdad al-Jadida, Sadr City, Ghazaliya, Hay al-'Amil and Harthiya, prices fell significantly below the April 12 levels, according to Slogger sources in the capital.

Black-market prices of cooking gas also fell in a number of neighborhoods, dropping 10 to 20 percent in Karrada, Kadhimiya, Mansour, Ghazaliya, Sha'b and Hay al-'Amil.

Prices of cooking gas and car fuel remain significantly lower in Sadr City compared with the other eight Baghdad neighborhoods where prices are tracked. Sadr City has been locked under siege conditions since late March. Depressed fuel prices may be related to a vehicle curfew that has sharply reduced automobile use in the district.

Falling auto fuel prices in other neighborhoods brings them closer to those of Baghdad al-Jadida and Sadr City, sites of the two lowest reported fuel prices in the city, according to Slogger's sources in the capital.

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 much less available at these state-set rates in Baghdad.

In other developments, prices of the staple khubuz bread have fallen significantly in all neighborhoods apart from Ghazaliya where the price remains stable. At 100 ID/piece the price of khubuz in Sadr City remains far below prices elsewhere.

Showing a similar downward trend, prices of samoun, another staple bread, have fallen 20 to 30 percent in seven Baghdad districts. The price of samoun has now fallen to 100 ID in all Baghdad neighborhoods, except in Karrada where prices remained stable at 125 ID.

The reported changes in the price of khubuz and samoun brought the costs of these relatively stably priced commodities back to where they were prior to week ending April 12 when they were shown to spike.

Prices of Marlboro cigarettes in the sampled Baghdad neighborhoods remain unchanged, according to Slogger sources.

Stay tuned for next week's update, and to view all of IraqSlogger's exclusive price check coverage click here.

For a map of the nine Baghdad districts represented in the weekly report click here.

Cooking gas (ID/cylinder)

12-Apr 19-Apr 26-Apr
Baghdad al-Jadida 14000 12000 14000
Sadr City 10000 12000 10000
Karrada 18000 16000 14000
Kadhimiya 18000 14000 12000
Mansour 18000 16000 16000
Ghazaliya 16000 14000 12000
Sha'b 16000 14000 12000
Hay al-'Amil 16000 14000 12000
Harthiya 16000 16000 16000

Khubuz bread (ID/piece)

12-Apr 19-Apr 26-Apr
Baghdad al-Jadida 200 175 175
Sadr City 175 100 100
Karrada 200 175 175
Kadhimiya 200 175 175
Mansour 250 175 175
Ghazaliya 200 200 200
Sha'b 175 150 150
Hay al-'Amil 200 175 175
Harthiya 250 175 175

Samoun bread (ID/piece)

12-Apr 19-Apr 26-Apr
Baghdad al-Jadida 125 100 100
Sadr City 100 100 100
Karrada 125 125 125
Kadhimiya 150 100 100
Mansour 150 100 100
Ghazaliya 150 100 100
Sha'b 150 100 100
Hay al-'Amil 150 100 100
Harthiya 150 100 100

Marlboros (ID/carton)

12-Apr 19-Apr 26-Apr
Baghdad al-Jadida 16000 16000 16000
Sadr City 16000 16000 16000
Karrada 18500 18500 18500
Kadhimiya 18000 18000 18000
Mansour 18000 18000 18000
Ghazaliya 18000 18000 18000
Sha'b 18000 18000 18000
Hay al-'Amil 18000 18000 18000
Harthiya 18000 18000 18000
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