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French market, April 2001 : Indicators, banana, avocado, orange, easy peelers, grapefruit

Imbert E.. 2001. Fruitrop (English ed.) (80) : p. 7-12.

Banana: The market was slowed by retail prices at the end of March and worsened slightly during the first fortnight in April. The position stabilised in the middle of the month thanks to the prospect of a gap in arrivals from the French West Indies and the positive impact of the price decrease on local demand. Prices were stable until week 17 and then decreased right at the end of the month after the arrival of two vessels from the French West Indies. Avocado: The increase in supplies from Kenya meant that the avocado market returned to levels similar to those of last year after two months of marked shortage. Although prices fell considerably they remained firm. Orange: The orange market displayed no particular movements during the first half of the month and then changed profoundly. In spite of a continued strong increase in shipments from Morocco, overall supplies decreased considerably as a result of the very early end of the Spanish 'Navelate' season and a very modest crop of 'Valencia Late'. Prices began to rise steadily in spite of continued sluggish demand. Easy peelers: The balance for the 2000/2001 season is extremely positive. The total volumes marketed were only a little down and prices rose significantly. This paradox is explained by a marked shortage of Spanish season clementines accentuated by a simultaneous decrease in the volumes from Corsica and Morocco. Grapefruit: The market displayed unusual dynamism in April. The volumes sold were little down on March levels, whereas the decrease had been 30 to 40% during the two previous seasons. Poor performance in February was certainly not unrelated to this spectacular increase. In parallel, the average price increased markedly, reaching the highest level of the year.

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