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Melbourne Market Report M36 – 5th March 2020

MARKET REPORT – Melbourne Sale M36

05/03/2020

Today’s market started to react to the very large offering of yesterday and today.
Only a limited amount of better style wool with favorable AM and /or CM,NM status held their value, all other types and Microns were cheaper.
Subsequently the passed in rate increased to 37.7% in the Flc

Merino skirtings finer than 18.0mic with less than 3% under pressure today with less competition and finished the day 25/30ac cheaper. 18.5 to 20.5mic pcs/bls with less than 4% vm closed 40/50ac cheaper. Poorer style and higher VM skirtings closed 30/40ac cheaper with less competition from the topmakers.

Prems/Lambs in the 42-44HM range closed 30/40ac cheaper in the 17.5 to 19.5mic range in a more reasonable offering today. 46-56HM types closed 20/30ac cheaper in the 17.5 to 19.5mic range with odd selection of CM/NM 15/20ac cheaper.

FLEECE

15.5u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good – unchanged
– poor types – irregular

16.0u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good – minus 20ac
– poor types – minus 20ac

16.5u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good style –firm  NEW
– poor types – minus 50ac

17.0u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good style – firm
– good style – minus 10/20ac
– poor types –minus 50ac

17.5u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good style –firm
– Good style – minus 50ac
– Poor style – minus 50/60ac

18.0u – spinner & best types – no selection
– best/good types –firm
– Good style – minus 20ac
– poor types – minus 20ac

18.5u – best types – no selection
– best/good types – firm
– good types – minus 30/40ac
– poor types – minus 20ac

19.0u – best/good types – irregular
– poor types – minus 20/30ac

19.5u – best/good types – firm
– poor types – minus 20/30ac

20.0/20.5u – FNF sound types – minus 10ac
– Poorer types –irregular

21.0/21.5u – FNF sound types – minus 30ac
– Poorer types – minus 20/30ac

COMP. China

SKIRTINGS –

Best Length/Low VM types 16.5u/17.5u – 25/30ac cheaper
18.5u/19.5u – 30/40ac cheaper

Low VM poor types – 16.5u/17.5u – 40/50ac cheaper
18.0u/18.5u – 30/40ac cheaper
19.0u/20.5u – 30/40ac cheaper

High VM types – 16.5u and finer – no selection
17.0/18.5u – minus 30/40ac
19.0/20.0u – minus 30/40ac

Prems – 15.5/ 16.5u – no selection
17.0 / 18.5u – minus 20/30ac
19.0 / 20.0u – minus 25/35ac

COMP. China/ Europe

Melbourne Market Report M33 – 13th February 2020

MARKET REPORT – Melbourne Sale M33

13/02/2020

In a good selection of better type wools, mainly from Tasmania , the market continued to perform well with best style and spinners wool in 16.5 micron and finer 20-30ac dearer with good support from NEW, Schneider and Loro Piana. Good types/AM’s in 17.0-19.0 microns were 10/20ac dearer.
Lower CH types continued to struggle.
The 31.6% passed in rate is a reflection of the price drop in the lower types/Nkts and in some cases the unrealistic price expectations by some Growers.

Merino skirtings finer than 17.5mic and less than 3% attracted strong competition from Chinese indent buyers to close 20/30ac dearer .18.0 to 19.5mic pcs/bls with less than 4% vm closed generally unchanged. Poorer style and higher VM skirtings closed 10/15ac cheaper with less competition from the topmakers.

Prems/Lambs in the 42-44HM range closed 10/15ac cheaper in the 17.5 to 19.0mic range in a small selection today. 46-56HM types closed 15/20ac cheaper in the 17.5 to 19.5mic range with odd CM/NM lots 10/15ac cheaper as only limited competition from the china buyers.

FLEECE

15.5u – spinners – firm
– best style – plus 20/30ac
– best/good – plus 20ac
– poor types – firm

16.0u – spinners – plus 20/30ac  Loro Piana
– best style – firm
– best/good – plus 20ac
– poor types – firm

16.5u – spinners – no selection
– best style – plus 10ac
– best/good style –firm
– poor types – firm

17.0u – spinners – firm  GSA
– best style – firm
– best/good style – plus 20ac
– good style – plus 50ac
– poor types – plus 10acac

17.5u – spinners – plus 40ac
– best style – firm
– best/good style – plus 20ac
– Good style – unchanged
– Poor style – minus 10ac

18.0u – spinner & best types – plus 50ac
– best/good types – firm
– Good style – unchanged
– poor types – plus 20ac

18.5u – best types – no selection
– best/good types – unchanged
– good types – plus 30ac
– poor types – plus 30acac

19.0u – best/good types – unchanged
– poor types – plus 10ac

19.5u – best/good types – unchanged
– poor types – minus 20ac

20.0/20.5u – FNF sound types – unchanged
– Poorer types –irregular

21.0/21.5u – FNF sound types – irregular
– Poorer types – irregular

COMP. China

SKIRTINGS –

Best Length/Low VM types 16.5u/17.5u – plus 20/30ac
18.5u/19.5u – Fully Firm

Low VM poor types – 16.5u/17.5u – minus 10/15ac
18.0u/18.5u – unchanged
19.0u/20.5u – unchanged

High VM types – 16.5u and finer – no selection
17.0/18.5u – minus 10/15ac
19.0/20.0u – minus 10/15ac

Prems – 15.5/ 16.5u – no selection
17.0 / 18.5u – minus 15/20ac
19.0 / 20.0u – minus 10/15ac

COMP. China/ Europe

Melbourne Market Report M34 – 20th February 2020

MARKET REPORT – Melbourne Sale M34

20/02/2020

On a slightly broader offering compared to yesterday with a limited selection of better types/AM the market started off unchanged but gained momentum as the sale progressed and closed 20/30ac dearer for most types with good support from the wider trade.

Merino skirtings finer than 18.0mic and less than 3% attracted strong competition from all sectors and strengthened as the sale progressed to close 20/30ac dearer .18.0 to 19.5mic pcs/bls with less than 4% vm closed 10/15ac dearer. Poorer style and higher VM skirtings closed fully firm.

Prems/Lambs in the 42-44HM range closed fully firm in the 17.5 to 19.0mic range in a reasonable selection today. 46-56HM types closed 15/20ac dearer in the 17.5 to 19.5mic range with improved competition from Chinese indent buyers – CM/NM lots 20/30ac dearer with improved competition compared yesterday.

FLEECE

15.5u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good – firm
– poor types – plus 20ac

16.0u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good – unchanged
– poor types – plus 20/30ac

16.5u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good style –plus 20/30ac
– poor types – plus 30/40ac

17.0u – spinners – no selection
– best style – firm
– best/good style – firm
– good style – Plus 20/30ac
– poor types –plus 20ac

17.5u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– Good style – plus 20/30ac
– Poor style – plus 30/40ac

18.0u – spinner & best types – no selection
– best/good types – plus 20ac
– Good style – plus 30ac
– poor types – plus 20/30ac

18.5u – best types – no selection
– best/good types – plus 20/30ac
– good types – plus 20/30ac
– poor types – plus 20ac

19.0u – best/good types – plus 30/40ac
– poor types – plus 10/20ac

19.5u – best/good types – plus 20ac
– poor types – minus 10/20ac

20.0/20.5u – FNF sound types – plus 30ac
– Poorer types –plus 20ac

21.0/21.5u – FNF sound types – plus 20ac
– Poorer types – plus 20ac

COMP. China

SKIRTINGS –

Best Length/Low VM types 16.5u/17.5u – plus 20/30ac
18.5u/19.5u – plus 15/20ac

Low VM poor types – 16.5u/17.5u – plus 10/15ac
18.0u/18.5u – plus 10ac
19.0u/20.5u – plus 10/15ac

High VM types – 16.5u and finer – no selection
17.0/18.5u – fully firm
19.0/20.0u – fully firm

Prems – 15.5/ 16.5u – no selection
17.0 / 18.5u – plus 15/25ac
19.0 / 20.0u – plus 10/15ac

COMP. China/ Europe

Melbourne Market Report M34 – 19th February 2020

MARKET REPORT – Melbourne Sale M34

19/02/2020

Compared to M33 today’s market showed good support for better types/am lots with low CVH in 18.0 microns and finer with selected lots displaying NM status attracting high premiums.
Lower types/AM with higher CVH lost ground and closed 10ac cheaper.
After a strong start ,18.5-19.5u lost ground as the sale progressed and closed slightly cheaper.
20.0-21.5u remained unchanged

Merino skirtings finer than 17.5mic and less than 3% attracted strong competition from Chinese indent buyers to close fully firm today .18.0 to 19.5mic pcs/bls with less than 4% vm closed 10/15ac cheaper. Poorer style and higher VM skirtings closed 15/20ac cheaper with less competition from the topmakers.

Prems/Lambs in the 42-44HM range closed 15/20ac cheaper in the 17.5 to 19.0mic range in a small selection today. 46-56HM types closed 10/15ac cheaper in the 17.5 to 19.5mic range with odd CM/NM lots fully firm.

FLEECE

15.5u – spinners – no selection
– best style – firm
– best/good – firm
– poor types – firm

16.0u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good – unchanged
– poor types – minus 10ac

16.5u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good style –plus 10ac
– poor types – firm

17.0u – spinners – no selection
– best style – plus 10ac
– best/good style – plus 20ac
– good style – minus 10ac
– poor types –minus 10ac

17.5u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– Good style – plus 10ac
– Poor style – minus 10ac

18.0u – spinner & best types – no selection
– best/good types – firm
– Good style – minus 10ac
– poor types – minus 5/10ac

18.5u – best types – no selection
– best/good types – plus 20ac
– good types – minus 10/20ac
– poor types – minus 10ac

19.0u – best/good types – minus 10ac
– poor types – irregular

19.5u – best/good types – minus 10ac
– poor types – minus 10ac

20.0/20.5u – FNF sound types – unchanged
– Poorer types –irregular

21.0/21.5u – FNF sound types – irregular
– Poorer types – irregular

COMP. China

SKIRTINGS –

Best Length/Low VM types 16.5u/17.5u – Fully Firm
18.5u/19.5u – Fully Firm

Low VM poor types – 16.5u/17.5u – minus 15/20ac
18.0u/18.5u – minus 10/15ac
19.0u/20.5u – minus 10/15ac

High VM types – 16.5u and finer – no selection
17.0/18.5u – minus 20ac
19.0/20.0u – minus 15/20ac

Prems – 15.5/ 16.5u – no selection
17.0 / 18.5u – minus 10/15ac
19.0 / 20.0u – minus 10/15ac

COMP. China/ Europe

Melbourne Market Report M32 – 6th February 2020

MARKET REPORT – Melbourne Sale M32

6/02/2020

Today’s market started of very strong and continued to gain pace as the sale progressed but lost some steam towards the end and subsequently closed with 18.5u and finer 20/30ac dearer for better types and 20ac dearer for 19.0-21u for all types.

Merino skirtings finer than 17.5mic and less than 3% vm continued to attract strong competition today to close 20/30ac dearer. 18.0 to 19.5mic pcs/bls with less than 4% vm closed 15/20ac dearer. Poorer style and higher VM skirtings closed firm unchanged.

Prems/Lambs in the 42-44HM range closed firm/unchanged in the 17.5 to 19.0mic range in a limited selection today. 46-56HM types closed generally 20/30ac dearer in the 17.5 to 19.5mic range with odd CM/NM lots 40/50ac dearer.

FLEECE

15.5u – spinners –no selection
– best style – Plus 50ac
– best/good – plus 50ac
– poor types – firm

16.0u – spinners – no selection
– best style – plus 30/40ac
– best/good – firm
– poor types – firm

16.5u – spinners – no selection
– best style – plus 20ac
– best/good style – plus 10ac
– poor types – firm

17.0u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good style – plus 20/30ac
– good style – firm
– poor types –plus 20/30ac

17.5u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good style – firm
– Good style – plus 30ac
– Poor style – firm

18.0u – spinner & best types – no selection
– best/good types – firm
– Good style – firm
– poor types – firm

18.5u – best types – no selection
– best/good types – plus 30ac
– good types – firm
– poor types – firm

19.0u – best/good types – plus 20/25ac
– poor types – plus 20ac

19.5u – best/good types – plus 20ac
– poor types – plus 20ac

20.0/20.5u – FNF sound types – plus 20ac
– Poorer types –plus 10ac

21.0/21.5u – FNF sound types – plus 20ac
– Poorer types – plus 20ac

COMP. China

SKIRTINGS –

Best Length/Low VM types 16.5u/17.5u – plus 20/30ac
18.5u/19.5u – plus 15/20ac

Low VM poor types – 16.5u/17.5u – plus 10/15ac
18.0u/18.5u – unchanged
19.0u/20.5u – unchanged

High VM types – 16.5u and finer – no selection
17.0/18.5u – generally unchanged
19.0/20.0u – generally unchanged

Prems – 15.5/ 16.5u – no selection
17.0 / 18.5u – plus 20/30ac
19.0 / 20.0u – plus 15/20ac

COMP. China/ Europe

Melbourne Market Report M32 – 5th February 2020

MARKET REPORT – Melbourne Sale M32

5/02/2020

After a cautious opening hour of selling the market actually finished with some positive gains today. Good/best topmaking finer types with favourable am’s attracted strong competition to close 20/30ac dearer. Poorer style Chinese types after opening 30/40ac cheaper finished the day firm/unchanged with increased competition from indent buyers as the sale progressed. 19.5 mic and broader also moved higher with selected best/good style lots up to 20ac dearer.

Merino skirtings finer than 17.5mic and less than 3% vm opened with better competition all sectors today to close 10/15ac dearer. 18.0 to 19.5mic pcs/bls with less than 4% vm closed generally unchanged after opening slightly cheaper. Poorer style and higher VM skirtings closed generally unchanged.

Prems/Lambs in the 42-44HM range closed firm/unchanged in the 16.5 to 18.5mic range in a limited selection today. 46-56HM types closed generally 10/15ac dearer in the 18.0 to 19.5mic range with odd CM/NM lots 30/40ac dearer.

FLEECE

15.5u – spinners –no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good – firm
– poor types – firm

16.0u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good – firm
– poor types – firm

16.5u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good style – plus 30ac
– poor types – plus 20/30ac

17.0u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good style – plus 30/40ac
– good style – plus 20ac
– poor types – firm

17.5u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good style – plus 20ac
– Good style – plus 30ac
– Poor style – firm

18.0u – spinner & best types – no selection
– best/good types – firm
– Good style – plus 30ac
– poor types – firm

18.5u – best types – no selection
– best/good types – no selection
– good types – plus 10/20ac
– poor types – plus 10/20ac

19.0u – best/good types – plus 20/25ac
– poor types – plus 10ac

19.5u – best/good types – plus 20ac
– poor types – plus 10ac

20.0/20.5u – FNF sound types – plus 20ac
– Poorer types –plus 10ac

21.0/21.5u – FNF sound types – plus 20ac
– Poorer types – plus 10ac

COMP. China

SKIRTINGS –

Best Length/Low VM types 16.5u/17.5u – plus 15/20ac
18.5u/19.5u – plus 10/15ac

Low VM poor types – 16.5u/17.5u – plus 10/15ac
18.0u/18.5u – unchanged
19.0u/20.5u – unchanged

High VM types – 16.5u and finer – no selection
17.0/18.5u – generally unchanged
19.0/20.0u – generally unchanged

Prems – 15.5/ 16.5u – no selection
17.0 / 18.5u – plus 10/15ac
19.0 / 20.0u – plus 10ac

COMP. China/ Europe

Melbourne Market Report M31 – 30th January 2020

MARKET REPORT – Melbourne Sale M31

30/01/2020

After yesterday’s fall the market recovered some of the losses today. Better types with favorable am’s were up to 40ac dearer with some selected lots up to 100ac dearer. Lower types remained irregular with most included in the passed-in rate of 23.3%.
About 30% of the offering today was withdrawn before the sale.

Merino skirtings finer than 17.5mic and less than 3% vm opened with better competition all sectors today to close 15/20ac dearer. 18.0 to 19.5mic pcs/bls with less than 4% vm closed 5-10ac dearer. Poorer style and higher VM skirtings closed generally unchanged with more competition from the Chinese topmakers.

Prems/Lambs in the 42-44HM range closed firm/unchanged in the 16.5 to 18.5mic range in a limited selection today. 46-56HM types closed generally 5/10ac dearer in the 18.0 to 19.5mic range with odd CM/NM lots fully firm.

FLEECE

15.5u – spinners –no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good – plus 30ac
– poor types irregular

16.0u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good – plus 30/40ac
– poor types – irregular

16.5u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good style – plus 20ac
– poor types – irregular

17.0u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good style – plus 40ac
– good style – plus 30/40ac
– poor types –irregular

17.5u – spinners – no selection
– best style – plus 50ac
– best/good style – plus 20/30ac
– Good style – plus 20ac
– Poor style – irregular

18.0u – spinner & best types – no selection
– best/good types – firm
– Good style – plus 40/50ac
– poor types – irregular

18.5u – best types – no selection
– best/good types – no selection
– good types – plus 30/40ac
– poor types – firm

19.0u – best/good types – plus 20/30ac
– poor types – plus 20/30ac

19.5u – best/good types – plus 20/30ac
– poor types – plus ac 20ac

20.0/20.5u – FNF sound types – plus 20/30ac
– Poorer types –plus 10/20ac

21.0/21.5u – FNF sound types – plus 20ac
– Poorer types – plus 20ac

COMP. China

SKIRTINGS –

Best Length/Low VM types 16.5u/17.5u – plus 20/25ac
18.5u/19.5u – plus 15/20ac

Low VM poor types – 16.5u/17.5u – no selection
18.0u/18.5u – plus 5/10ac
19.0u/20.5u – plus 5/10ac

High VM types – 16.5u and finer – no selection
17.0/18.5u – generally unchanged
19.0/20.0u – generally unchanged

Prems – 15.5/ 16.5u – no selection
17.0 / 18.5u – plus 10/15ac
19.0 / 20.0u – plus 5/10ac

COMP. China/ Europe

Melbourne Market Report M31 – 29th January 2020

MARKET REPORT – Melbourne Sale M31

29/01/2020

Today’s market reacted negatively in response to the uncertainty the Coronavirus is causing throughout the world. All Microns and descriptions dropped in value.
The market seemed to have found some basis towards the end of the sale.
47.5% of the Fleece offering was passed in today.

Merino skirtings finer than 18.0mic and less than 3% vm opened 80-100ac cheaper and then firmed during second half to close 50-70ac cheaper. 18.5 to 20.5mic pcs/bls with less than 4% vm closed 50/60ac cheaper. Poorer style and higher VM skirtings closed 80-100ac cheaper with limited competition from the Chinese topmakers.

Prems/Lambs in the 42-44HM range closed 40/50ac cheaper in the 16.5 to 18.5mic range in a small selection today. 46-56HM types closed 30/40ac cheaper in the 18.0 to 19.5mic range with odd CM/NM lots 20/30ac cheaper.

FLEECE

15.5u – spinners –no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good – no selection
– poor types minus 80-100ac

16.0u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good – minus 60/70ac
– poor types – minus 50/60ac

16.5u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good style – minus 60/70ac
– poor types – minus 50/60ac

17.0u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good style – no selection
– good style – minus 50/60ac
– poor types –minus 50ac

17.5u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good style – no selection
– Good style – minus 50ac
– Poor style – minus 50ac

18.0u – spinner & best types – no selection
– best/good types – no selection
– Good style – minus 60ac
– poor types – minus 30/40ac

18.5u – best types – no selection
– best/good types – no selection
– good types – minus 40/50ac
– poor types – minus 40ac

19.0u – best/good types – minus 60/70ac
– poor types – minus 50/60ac

19.5u – best/good types – minus 30/40ac
– poor types – minus 40/50ac

20.0/20.5u – FNF sound types – minus 50ac
– Poorer types –minus 30-50ac

21.0/21.5u – FNF sound types – minus 50ac
– Poorer types – minus 20/30ac

COMP. China

SKIRTINGS –

Best Length/Low VM types 16.5u/17.5u – minus 70/80ac
18.5u/19.5u – minus 50/60ac

Low VM poor types – 16.5u/17.5u – minus 80-100ac
18.0u/18.5u – minus 70/80ac
19.0u/20.5u – minus 50/60ac

High VM types – 16.5u and finer – no selection
17.0/18.5u – minus 80-100ac
19.0/20.0u – minus 50-60ac

Prems – 16.0/ 17.0u – no selection
17.5 / 18.5u – minus 40/50ac
19.0 / 20.0u – minus 30/40ac

COMP. China/ Europe

Melbourne Market Report M30 – 21st January 2020

MARKET REPORT – Melbourne Sale M30

21/01/2020

The market is struggling to recover with further falls today. The exception is 16.5u and finer who in fact recorded some gains in a limited selection.
All other types in 17-21.5u are cheaper.

Merino skirtings finer than 17.5mic and less than 3% vm opened with good competition all sectors today to close fully firm. 18.0 to 20.0mic pcs/bls with less than 4% vm closed 10-20ac cheaper. Poorer style and higher VM skirtings received less competition to finish 20/30ac cheaper.

Prems/Lambs in the 42-44HM range closed generally unchanged in the 16.5 to 18.5mic range in a limited selection today. 46-56HM types closed generally 5/10ac cheaper in the 17.5 to 19.5mic range with odd CM/NM lots 15/20ac dearer.

FLEECE

15.5u – spinners –no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good – plus 30/40ac  very limited selection
– poor types -plus 50ac  very limited selection

16.0u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good – plus 20/30ac
– poor types – plus 20/30ac

16.5u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good style – firm
– poor types – firm

17.0u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good style –unchanged
– good style – minus 20ac
– poor types –minus 30/40ac

17.5u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– Good style – minus 20ac
– Poor style – minus 30ac

18.0u – spinner & best types – no selection
– best/good types – no selection
– Good style – minus 40ac
– poor types – minus 30ac

18.5u – best types – no selection
– best/good types – minus 30/40ac
– good types – minus 30/40ac
– poor types – minus 20/30ac

19.0u – best/good types – minus 20ac
– poor types – minus 40ac

19.5u – best/good types – minus 20ac
– poor types – minus 20ac

20.0/20.5u – FNF sound types – minus 30ac
– Poorer types –minus 30/40ac

21.0/21.5u – FNF sound types – minus 30ac
– Poorer types – minus 30/40ac

COMP. China

SKIRTINGS –

Best Length/Low VM types 16.5u/17.5u – Fully Firm
18.5u/19.5u – minus 10-20ac

Low VM poor types – 16.5u/17.5u – no selection
18.0u/18.5u – minus 15/20ac
19.0u/20.5u – minus 15/20ac

High VM types – 16.5u and finer – no selection
17.0/18.5u – minus 20/25ac
19.0/20.0u – minus 25/30ac

Prems – 16.0/ 17.0u – no selection
17.5 / 18.5u – minus 5/10ac
19.0 / 20.0u – minus 10/15ac

COMP. China/ Europe

Melbourne Market Report M29 – 16th January 2020

MARKET REPORT – Melbourne Sale M29

16/01/2020

The volatility of this market has again been on display today with the plummeting of prices by up to 100ac.
The 4 companies responsible for the rise early in the week, Techwool Seatec PJM and Endevour were unable to maintain the levels . The increase of wool on offer for Melbourne sale 30 no doubt has contributed to the fall. As an observation, the passed in rate in the Fleece room was 12% which, considering the substantial fall, is low.

Fine merino skirtings with less than 3% vm opened with lack lustre competition today and dropped by 60-80ac in first hour selling. As the sale progressed competition improved to finish the day 30/40ac cheaper. Coarser micron and poorer style pcs & bellies closed 40/50ac cheaper with limited competition from the topmakers. Higher vm types 50/60ac cheaper today.

Prems/Lambs in the 42-44HM range closed 15/20ac cheaper in the 17.5 to 19.5mic range in a limited selection today.
46-56HM types closed generally unchanged in the 17.5 to 19.5mic range with odd CM/NM lots 25/30ac dearer.

FLEECE

15.5u – spinners –no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good – minus 100ac  very limited selection
– poor types minus 50/60ac very limited selection

16.0u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good – minus 40/50ac
– poor types – minus 70/80ac

16.5u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good style – minus 60/70ac
– poor types – minus 50/60ac

17.0u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– best/good style –unchanged
– good style – minus 20/30ac
– poor types –minus 60ac

17.5u – spinners – no selection
– best style – no selection
– Good style – unchanged
– Poor style – minus 50/60ac

18.0u – spinner & best types – no selection
– best/good types – no selection
– Good style – minus 40ac
– poor types – minus 80/90ac

18.5u – best types – no selection
– best/good types – no selection
– good types – minus 30/40ac
– poor types – minus 100ac

19.0u – best/good types – minus 80ac
– poor types – minus 80ac

19.5u – best/good types – minus 100ac
– poor types – minus 90/100ac

20.0/20.5u – FNF sound types – minus 100ac
– Poorer types –minus 90/100ac

21.0/21.5u – FNF sound types – minus 100ac
– Poorer types – minus 90/100ac

COMP. China

SKIRTINGS –

Best Length/Low VM types 16.5u/17.5u – minus 30/40ac
18.5u/19.5u – minus 40/50ac

Low VM poor types – 16.5u/17.5u – minus 50/60ac
18.0u/18.5u – minus 40/50ac
19.0u/20.5u – minus 40/50ac

High VM types – 16.5u and finer – no selection
17.0/18.5u – minus 40/50ac
19.0/20.0u – minus 40/50ac

Prems – 16.0/ 17.0u – no selection
17.5 / 18.5u – generally unchanged
19.0 / 20.0u – buyers favour

COMP. China/ Europe