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TRADE INTELLIGENCE.

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TRADE INTELLIGENCE. THE WELSH IRON, TIN-PLATE, AND COAL TRADES. To some extent, at least, it may be said that, now that the quarterly meetings of the trade ara over, a better feeling prev-ails; and it is satisfactory to find from several sources that a good many engagements were entered into on home account at the meetings. Makers and buyers, however, do not seem yet to be of the same opinion in regard to prices. There is no doubt that a number of orders have been reserved, and most of which will very probably be kept back until buyers become thoroughly convinced that there is no chance of placing contracts at lower than the ruling rates. In some cases, perhaps, makers would prefer going back a step in regard to the £1 arlvance in quota- tions for bars, rather than be at variance with buyers, to the detriment of the trade; but on the whole, it may be said that manufacturers will adhere to the advance, and buyers, there- fore, begin to come to terms, though rather reluctantly. This being the case, then, it. is predicted that in the course of four or five weeks the trade will again be pretty buoyant. Already the quietude whieh seemed to fill upon business a few weeks ago has begun to disappear. Heme business will, no doubt, be character- ised by some animation, as railway companies and iron ship builders are expected to become considerable purchasers. In the foreign demand there is little change from last week, but advices from the United States and Russia still indicate the pro- bability of increased transactions as the year advances. The tin-plate trade remain* dull, and the resolution passed at the quarterly meeting seems to be strictly carried out, as the works are only kept in about two-thirds employment. There is little alteration to be reported in reference to the steam coal trade. The merchants are well placed for contracts, and except when unfavourable weather prevails, which interferes with shipments at the local ports, there is a tolerably brisk business doing. The consumption of house coal has increased of late, both locally and coastwise, and quotations are decidedly firmer.

MR WHALLEY AND THE MERIONETHSHIRE…

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