Auction offerings totalled 6.1 M/Kgs, recording a further decline from the 6.8 M/Kgs of the previous week. Low Grown/large leaf teas continued to meet with reasonably good demand, whilst the High and Mid Grown small leaf teas weakened further.
Ex-Estate offerings totalled 0.9 M/Kgs and were marginally lower to last. Overall, quality of offerings were barely maintained. Best Western BOP/BOPF's declined Rs. 10-20 per kg. Teas in the Below Best category - a select range of the better teas were barely maintained, whilst the others declined Rs. 10-20 per kg. Plainer sorts sold around last. Nuwara Eliyas tend to fluctuate following quality. Uda Pussellawa BOP/BOPF's were firm and Rs. 10-20 per kg lower. Uva BOP's were firm and Rs. 10-20 per kg lower, whilst the corresponding BOPF's were firm and Rs. 10-20 per kg dearer.
High and Medium Grown CTC - BP1's were firm and selectively dearer. PF1's were Rs. 10-20 per kg lower on average. Low Grown BP1's were firm and selectively dearer. PF1's commenced marginally easier and firmed up as the sale progressed.
Low Growns totalled 2.8 M/Kgs in the Leafy/Semi Leafy and Tippy catalogues. There was good demand. Quality on offer, however, was irregular and mostly lower. BOP1's and OP1's were fully firm to dearer, particularly for the clean Below Best sorts. Select Best PEK/PEK1's were irregular. Others were, however, dearer Rs. 10-20 per kg and more. OP/OPA's too followed a similar trend. In the Tippy catalogues, better FBOP/FF1's were firm, whilst the cleaner secondaries together with the teas at the lower end were fully firm to dearer. In the Premium catalogues too, better teas on offer were mostly firm, whilst others were irregular following quality.