Average price of white pan bread up narrowly

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The average price paid for white pan bread rose 0.1c per lb in January, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. This followed a sharp gain of 4.5c per lb in December. The price of whole wheat bread also inched up narrowly, climbing 0.3c per lb to a record 181.2c.

The national average retail price of white pan bread was 128.1c, according to the B.L.S. The January price for white pan bread increased 12.8c compared with January 2007. On a month-to-month basis, the average price for white pan bread rose in two regions — West, up 8.3c, and South, up 0.4c — and fell in two, Northeast, down 5.4c, and Midwest, down 0.9c.

At 181.2c per lb, the national average price for whole wheat bread was up 20.7c year-over-year.

The national average price of family flour in January was 42.1c per lb, up 2.3c from December and up 7.5c from January 2007.

The national average price for spaghetti and macaroni in January was 101.7c per lb, up 17.1c from December and up 16.1c from January 2007. Chocolate chip cookies were 264.2c per lb, down 7.7c from December and down 22.6c from January 2007.

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