A little under 45,000 bales were offered to the trade in the final sale for 2020. This is about 9% less than what was rostered. We appreciate the transparent approach of the Australian industry in providing such information but this ‘over estimation’ could well have created unnecessary concern leading into the large sale. We urge all brokers to take care when providing their pre-sale figures. The information is made public and, when incorrect, it can place unnecessary pressure in a fragile market. Only 36,000 of these bales were eventually sold. The market was cheaper across the board in local currency terms but with the Australian dollar strengthening to 0.755 against the USD, the market was only down about 2% over the sale in US terms. It was well worth noting that prices were improving across the whole range of types towards the close of sale to finish on an upward trend. Like last week, the better fine fleece and all fine carding types were most keenly sought after in limited supply.

AWEX Eastern Indicator compared with 11/12/2020

Eastern Indicator

Close: 1157

Change in % -3.42%

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Authentico Index Values

15 Micron

Close: 2837

Change in %:  +0.42

16 Micron

Close: 2298

Change in %: -2.59

17 Micron

Close: 2015

Change in %: -2.37

18 Micron

Close: 1725

Change in %: -3.47

19 Micron

Close: 1520

Change in %: -3.73

Authentico Indicator

Close: 2017

Change in %: -2.42


We’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and happy New Year. We very much look forward to improving global circumstances in 2021. Sales will resume the week of 11th January.

Auction offering – current week

Market          Sale          Offered             Sold       Passed In

North                      S 25                     10674                       9419                 11.8%

South                     M 25                     24132                      19650               18.6%

West                       F 25                      10029                       7540                24.8%

Auction offering – next week

Market          Sale          Sale days          Volume

North                     no sale

South                     no sale

West                       no sale


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