The market seems to be in a ‘hold and wait’ pattern. Many customers, not all, are convinced prices must fall during this period. The national buyers list is more evenly spread as buyers look for value to limit risk of any further correction. Crossbreds for example, the cheapest wool available, were dearer this week. But, like the whole supply chain, business must go on. The growers are more reluctant to sell in an easing trend and almost 12% of the original 37,000 bales were passed in. The end result was a small correction of just -0.8% in the AWEX EMI for the week. This is a better result than many would have anticipated.
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There is no doubt the generally poor offering in terms of quality and quantity is influencing an overall negative sentiment on the market. But at the same time demand remains slow. We are in a way fortunate that as few as 33,000 bales were eventually sold this week. If volumes were greater, then the impact on the market could potentially have been more. But it is what it is, supply and demand will always determine price and we never really rely on this period to buy wool for our better Italian spinner and weaver clients. The wool on offer through this period in general is often not so suited for their particular requirements.
Auction offering – current week
Selling Centres for week 39
Market Sale Offered Sold Passed In
North S 39 8717 7884 9.6%
South M 39 20153 17924 11.1%
West F 39 8535 7171 16.0%
Auction offering – next week
Market Sale Sale days Volume
North S 40 W-T 9524
South M 40 W-T 21462
West F 40 W-T 7226
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