Prices continued to rise at the Coonoor Tea Trade Association auction with the average gaining as much as ₹5 a kg at Sale No: 3 over the previous week.

Despite this, as much as 91 per cent of the 12.12-lakh kg on offer was sold due to encouraging demand.

Darmona Tea, auctioned by Paramount Tea Marketing auctioneers, topped the overall CTC market at ₹217 a kg. Homedale Estate Tea, auctioned by Global Tea Brokers, topped the leaf market at ₹201. Kairbetta topped the orthodox market at ₹251 a kg. In all, 48 marks got ₹125and more .

Quotations held by brokers indicated bids ranging ₹45-49 a kg for plain leaf grades and ₹90-160 for brighter liquoring sorts.

They ranged ₹54-57 for plain dusts and ₹110-195 for brighter liquoring dusts.

There was some purchase for Pakistan in a wide range of ₹46-82 a kg.

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