Price of white pan bread climbs, wheat bread falls

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The average price paid for white pan bread moved up 0.2c per lb in September, 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, fell back, easing 1.3c. This followed a 3.6c per lb decrease in August.

The national average retail price of white pan bread was 121.2c, according to the B.L.S. The September price for white pan bread increased 12.9c compared with September 2006. On a month-to-month basis, the average price for white pan bread rose in two regions — South, up 2.1%, and Midwest, up 0.9% — and fell in two regions — West, down 2.7%, and Northeast, down 2.4%.

The national average price for whole wheat bread fell to 170.1c. Year over year, the national average price of whole wheat bread was up 29.3c.

The national average price of family flour in September was 36c per lb, up 0.5c from August and up 1.9c from September 2006.

The national average price for spaghetti and macaroni in September was 87.1c per lb, up 0.3c from August but down 0.7c from September 2006. Chocolate chip cookies were 267.1c per lb, up 2.1c from August but down 37c from September 2006.

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