Average price of white pan inches up in June

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The average price paid for white pan bread moved up 0.1c per lb in June, a month after easing 0.9c a lb, 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, continued its upward surge, rising 3.7c. This followed a 6.1c per lb increase in May.

The national average retail price of white pan bread was 119.3c, according to the B.L.S. The June price for white pan bread increased 11.9c compared with June 2006. On a month-to-month basis, the average price for white pan bread rose in two regions — Northeast, up 2.9%, and Midwest, up 4.9% — and fell in two regions — South, down 1.7%, and West, down 9.5%.

The national average price for whole wheat bread rose to 173.5c. Year over year, the national average price of whole wheat bread was up 34.6c.

The national average price of family flour in June was 35c per lb, down 0.1c from May but up 1.4c from June 2006.

The national average price for spaghetti and macaroni in June was 87.8c per lb, up 1.6c from May and up 4.1c from June 2006. Chocolate chip cookies were 270c per lb, down 1.5c from May and down 35.1c from June 2006.

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