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Sickly sweet

18 August 2006 By Edward Hadas

The price of the sweet stuff has fallen by a third since April. New supply has more than matched rising demand, scaring off speculators. Hydrocarbons will follow carbohydrates, but not right away. For sugar, planting to market only takes a year. The oil cycle is much longer. The price of the sweet stuff is down almost 40% since February. New supply has more than matched rising demand, scaring off speculators.

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