Retail price of white pan bread tops 115c per lb

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — Continuing its trend of rising levels, the average price paid for white pan bread moved up above 115c per lb in January, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. The price of whole wheat bread, meanwhile, eased while still holding above the 160c per lb threshold.

The national average retail price of white pan bread moved up 1.6c per lb to a record high of 115.3c, according to the B.L.S. Meanwhile, whole wheat bread fell 1.5c per lb on a month-to-month basis.

The January price for white pan bread increased 10.7c compared with January 2006. On a month-to-month basis, the average price for white pan bread was up 4.2c, 0.1c, and 5.9c in the Northeast, Midwest and West, respectively. The average price fell 0.4c in the South.

A month after registering a record high, the national average price for whole wheat bread fell back 1.5c per lb to 160.5. Even so, that total was up 26.5c from the same month a year ago and marked only the second time the price ever has exceeded 160c per lb since the B.L.S. began tracking data.

The national average price of family flour in January was 34.6c per lb, up 2.8c from December and up 1.8c from January 2006.

The national average price for spaghetti and macaroni in January was 85.6c per lb, down 3.1c from December but up 1.9c from January 2006.

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