Average price of white pan bread rises sharply

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The average price paid for white pan bread rose 4.5c per lb in December, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. This followed a decline of 3.9c per lb in November. The price of whole wheat bread also increased, climbing 2.5c per lb to a record 180.9c.

The national average retail price of white pan bread was 128c, according to the B.L.S. The December price for white pan bread increased 14.3c compared with December 2006. On a month-to-month basis, the average price for white pan bread rose in three regions — Northeast, up 9.7c; Midwest, up 5.8c; and South, up 3.1c — and fell in one, the West, which was down 0.9c per lb.

At 180.9c per lb, the national average price for whole wheat bread was up 18.9c year-over-year.

The national average price of family flour in December was 39.8c per lb, up 1c from November and up 8c from December 2006.

The national average price for spaghetti and macaroni in December was 84.6c per lb, up 0.2c from November but down 4.1c from December 2006. Chocolate chip cookies were 271.9c per lb, down 2.9c from November and down 19.4c from December 2006.

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