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Sugar, diesel prices down in Kabul

Sugar, diesel prices down in Kabul

Jan 17, 2013 - 15:10

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The prices of sugar and diesel declined while the 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 Pakistani sugar stood at 1,800 afghanis against its last week's rate of 1,850afs, the Food Traders' Union head told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Haji Fazal Rahman said the rates of other food items remained stable, with a 50-kg bag of Pakistani flour costing 1,140afs and the same amount of rice 3,300afs.

A five-kg tin of Spin Ghar ghee accounted for 420afs, a kilo of black tea for 200afs and the same amount of green tea for 175afs -- the same as last week.

But wholesale prices varied from retail rates in some parts of the city. Khan Ali, a shopkeeper in the Karta-i-Seh locality, sold a 50-kg sack of Pakistani rice for 4,200 afs and a 50-kg bag of sugar for 2,200 afs.

He said the same amount of Pakistani flour cost 1,120afs, a five-kg tin of Momin ghee 460afs, a kg of African back tea 280afs and the Indonesian green tea 200afs.

The rate of one litre of diesel decreased to 58afs by two afghanis from its last week’s price of 60afs, while petrol sold for 55afs, the same prices as last week, said a filling station worker in the Taimani neighbourhood, Mohammad Siddique.

The price of per 560 kilograms of peeled oak remained unchanged at about 7,600afs and cedar at 7,000afs, said Haji Sultan, a stall owner in the Dasht-i-Barchi area.

A gas dealer in Taimani, Mohammad Salim, said a kilogram of liquefied gas sold for 60afs, but another dealer Ahmad Fahim in the Pul-i-Pacha locality sold the same quantity of gas for 70afs.

Abdul Basir, a jeweller in the upscale Lycee-i-Maryam area, said gold prices also stayed stable. A gram of Arabian gold sold for 2,400afs and the same amount of the Iranian variety for 2,000afs.

Moneychanger Ahmad Shah said the buying rate of a US dollar was 52.50afs, while 1,000 Pakistani rupees accounted for 524afs. Last week's exchange value of the greenback stood at 51.40 afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees at 520afs, he concluded.



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