As an illustration, however, of what the first morning's marketing might be, the following list of fruit purchased for a shop opening in January or February will be instructive:

To retail at

Costing

One 120 lb. barrel apples

3d. lb.

1

1

0

One bushel English cooking ditto..........

4d.lb.

0

11

0

One 40 lb. case dessert ditto ..

3d. lb.

0

16

0

One large case oranges (714) ..

6d. dozen

0

15

0

One small case ditto (420) .

9d. dozen

0

12

6

One dozen boxes Tangerines .

9d. dozen

0

8

0

One stalk of bananas

1s. dozen

0

8

0

One basket (say, 6 lb.) best

2S. to 2S. 6d per lb.

0

9

0

One barrel (36 lb.) green grapes

6d. lb.

0

10

0

Six dozen stewing pears...............

4d. lb.

0

12

0

100 Lemons.....................

1d.each

0

3

0

6

5

6

So we see that in securing a small stock of the principal items over 6 has been spent. In addition to the above, there will be nuts of various kinds, figs, almonds, and pineapples, all of which must be purchased in quantities according to the district in which they are to be sold. Probably 10 altogether will be laid out on the first morning, and the stock will thereafter be replenished with an outlay of 2 or 3 every second or third morning whenever it is necessary to go to market. Fifty per cent. should be added to all cost prices. Waste will make serious inroads on her returns. With 50 per cent. put on to cost prices the actual gross profit made, after allowing for waste, will not exceed 35 to 40 per cent.

Table Of Various Fruits Showing How Each Kind Is S 400458