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Rouen Grain Shipments Slide 74% in Latest Week on Lack of Barley

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Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Grain exports from the French port of Rouen, Europe’s biggest cereal-shipping hub, slumped 74 percent in the latest week after a barley shipment to Saudi Arabia in the previous seven-day period wasn’t repeated.

Cargoes fell to 14,510 metric tons between July 26 and Aug. 1 from 55,450 a week earlier, the Seine River port wrote in an e-mailed report today. The port didn’t ship any grain to North Africa for a fifth week, the longest period without deliveries to the region in at least two years, according to port data compiled by Bloomberg.

Rouen accounted for 41 percent of France’s grain exports by sea in 2010-11, ahead of La Pallice on the Bay of Biscay, with a share of 17 percent, and Dunkirk on the North Sea, at 11 percent of the total, according to port figures.

Rouen grain loadings by destination, in metric tons:

                July 26-Aug. 1
Soft wheat
Ireland              7,910
U.K.                 6,600

To contact the reporter on this story: Rudy Ruitenberg in Paris at rruitenberg@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net

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