Average price of white pan, wheat bread keep climbing

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The average price paid for white pan bread moved up 1.6c per lb in July, the largest month-over-month increase since 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, continued its upward march, rising 1.5c. This followed a 3.7c per lb increase in June.

The national average retail price of white pan bread was 120.9c, according to the B.L.S. The July price for white pan bread increased 13.8c compared with July 2006. On a month-to-month basis, the average price for white pan bread rose in two regions — West, up 8.4%, and Midwest, up 1.7% — and fell in two regions — Northeast, down 1%, and South, down 0.1%.

The national average price for whole wheat bread rose to 175c. Year over year, the national average price of whole wheat bread was up 33.5c.

The national average price of family flour in July was 35.3c per lb, up 0.3c from June and up 1.4c from July 2006.

The national average price for spaghetti and macaroni in July was 89.3c per lb, up 1.5c from June and up 3.9c from July 2006. Chocolate chip cookies were 274.8c per lb, up 7.8c from June but down 32.6c from July 2006.

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