Raw fur prices have reached figures this season which are very satisfactory to trappers and shippers. There has been a good demand for nearly every article, at prices which remind one of the "good old times" before the war started. And yet furs have only followed the general trend of many other commodities, which have risen extensively in price during the last few months.
From this date on raw fur prices will be governed to a great extent by the demand which develops at the New York fur auction sales and immediately thereafter.
Buying of certain articles was good in January; but the demand for others, notably skunk, was somewhat retarded, as prospective purchasers preferred to await for the market to be established on a fairly sure basis of values, as they were generally of the opinion that skunk was not likely to go higher, and might go lower.
Should prices hold up well at the New York auctions, raw fur quotations will almost certainly do likewise. If not, lower quotations may be looked for, aside from the fact that as spring approaches furs of most kinds depreciate in value.
Fur, News. Fur News, January 1916.
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