The bacon markets this week reported better than usual demand for the usually quiet month of October.

The Dutch reported an easing in prices for the first time in four months related to lower demand, but stressed that the busiest period of the year was approaching with low stocks, so the market was likely to bounce back. “Trade is fairly satisfactory both from the supplier and buyer point of view and prospects for November and December are looking very good,” said one trader.

The Danes reported no price change and a quiet market, but agreed a Christmas “bonanza” was on the way. “Get your orders in,”one trader urged.