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    Sugar down, other food items stable in Kabul

    KABUL (PAN): The sugar price decreased while rates of other daily-use items stayed unchanged during the outgoing week in Kabul, retailers said on Thursday.

    The price of a 50-kilogram bag of Brazilian sugar worked out at 1,800 afghanis against last week's rate of 2,000afs, the Food Traders' Union head told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    Haji Fazlul Rahman said the rates of other food items remained unchanged, with a 50-kg bag of Pakistani flour costing 980afs and the same amount of rice 2,500afs.

    A five-kg cane of Spin Ghar ghee accounted for 410afs, a kilo of black tea for 190afs and the same amount of green tea for 160afs -- the same prices as last week.

    But a shopkeeper in the Qala-i-Fathullah locality, Khan Mohammad, said a 50-kg flour bag cost 1,020afs and a similar amount of rice 2,700afs.

    A fuel station worker in the Taimani Square, Mohammad Siddique, said the rate one litre of diesel remained unchanged at 64afs and petrol at 62afs.

    A Qala-i-Fathullah-based dealer, Shamsullah, said a kilogram of gas sold for 60afs, the same price as last week, but each of the 30 government-run shops charged 55afs for one kilogram.

    A firewood stall owner in the Qalacha area, Fazal Mohammad, said the price of 560 kg of unpeeled oak was 6,800afs and the same amount of cedar 6,500afs.

    Abdul Baseer, a jeweler in the Lecce-i-Maryam neighbourhood, said gold prices stayed stable. One gram of Arabian gold sold for 2,300afs and the Iranian variety for 1,900afs.

    Moneychanger Mohammad Amin Jan Khosti said the buying rate of a US dollar was 49.35afs, while 1,000 Pakistani rupees accounted for 547afs.

    Last week's exchange value of the greenback stood at 49.37afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees at 547afs.

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