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French market, March 2002: Indicators. Banana, avocado, orange, grapefruit, easy peelers, mango

Imbert E.. 2002. Fruitrop (English ed.) (90) : p. 11-17.

Banana: Performance was mixed in spite of smaller volumes than in the two preceding years. Indeed, the average price was distinctly lower than the (excellent) level reached in 2001 and was even slightly down on the average for the past five years. The unsatisfactory quality of a significant proportion of the fruits shipped from the West Indies and dull local demand account for the poorer performance. Avocado: The traditional burst of activity during the Easter period helped avocado to break with the cycle of poor results in which it had been trapped since November. Volumes increased considerably in March 2002 in comparison with the average for the past five seasons although the price remained similar. Orange: The orange market was very active in March, particularly at the beginning of the month, and prices were fairly firm. Substantial arrivals of oranges affected market dynamism, which was turning more towards spring fruits. As a result, prices fell, stocks were formed and demand reached a steady level. Grapefruit: The origins present on the market benefited very unevenly from the increase in demand at the beginning of the month. Although the price of Florida fruit increased during the second fortnight, the situation remained difficult for Israel because competition from Turkey was still very strong. Easy Peelers: Supplies were at a normal level after the marked shortage last year (the season finished very early). However, the average price reached a satisfactory level. Indeed, demand slowed considerably as every March but remained at a decent level thanks to good fruit quality. Mango West African season: The West African mango season is even later than last year's. The climatic conditions in the production area (Mall, Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire) seem to have been unfavourable during the months leading up to the season. They tended to cause flower fall, thus limiting production.

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