Restricted quality and quantity on offer, high market prices, the suspension of sales in South Africa added to confused customers is fuelling a very erratic wool market. Mostly upward but some correction was noted yesterday, particularly in the west. This will add to the varied opinions, confusion and speculation for the wool market next week and the weeks to follow. Currency markets are also moving daily and we now have more volume available next week than originally anticipated. There was no doubt a degree of panic on Tuesday when Melbourne sold in isolation but a degree of sense prevailed when more volume was available nationally on Wednesday and Thursday.
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While the market movement this week was substantial, we noted very clearly that the prices for the better Italian types on offer hardly moved. They are attracting very different competition, with a more reliable and steady buying base. This should give the better weavers more confidence at this market level in the short term. These types are available in only very small volumes at this time of the season. We have the very last superfine sale in Sydney next week. The last from Tasmania was last week and the NZ offering in Melbourne yesterday also looked to be a clear out sale.
Auction offering – current week
Selling Centres for week 34
Market Sale Offered Sold Passed In
North S 34 9054 8752 3.3%
South M 34 22114 20970 5.2%
West F 34 8800 7713 12.4%
Auction offering – next week
Market Sale Sale days Volume
North S 35 W-T 12473
South M 35 W-T 25546
West F 35 W-T 11719
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