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Sugar up, gas down in Kabul

Sugar up, gas down in Kabul

Jun 16, 2011 - 14:51

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The price of sugar shot up and that of liquefied gas fell in the capital Kabul, where rates of other daily-use commodities stayed unchanged during the outgoing week, retailers said on Thursday.

A kilogram of gas was sold for 45 afghanis ($1) against last week's rate of 55 afs, according to a dealer, Javed, in the Qala-i-Zaman Khan locality. One kilogram of gas cost 46 afs last week in the Taimani neighbourhood.

Petrol and diesel prices stayed stable at 58afs a litre, said Mohammad Siddiqui, pump station owner in Taimani.

A 50-kg bag of Brazilian sugar accounted for 2,050afs, up from last week's price of 2,030afs, said Food Traders Union head, Haji Fazlul Rahman. He linked the increase to a shortage of the commodity in the market.

Rahman added a 50-kg sack of Pakistani flour sold for 940afs and the same amount of rice for 2,300afs. A five-kg cane of Spin Ghar ghee cost 380afs, a kg of African back tea 185afs and the same amount of Indonesian green tea 155afs.

Shopkeeper Noorullah said he sold a 50-kg sack of Pakistani flour for 1,040afs, the same amount of rice for 2,600afs and 50 kg of Brazilian sugar for 2, 300afs.

Abdul Baseer, a jeweller in the upscale Shahr-i-Naw neighbourhood, said the price of one gram of Arabian gold hit an all-time high of 2,000 afs, while the Iranian variety sold for 1,600afs.

Last week, one gram of Arabian gold cost 1,750afs and the same amount of Iranian gold 1,500afs.

Moneychanger Sayed Obaid said the buying rate of a US dollar was 46.48afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees 539afs. Last week's exchange value of a greenback stood at 46.40afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees at 541afs.



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