White pan and whole wheat bread prices climb

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The average price paid for white pan bread jumped 2.3c per lb in April, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. This followed a gain of 2.9c per lb in March. The price of whole wheat bread also advanced, climbing 4.7c per lb after falling 1.1c per lb in March.

The national average retail price of white pan bread was 137.3c according to the B.L.S. The April price for white pan bread increased 17.2c compared with April 2007. On a month-to-month basis, the average price for white pan bread again rose in three regions — Northeast, up 8.5c, West, up 3.2c and South, up 1.4c — and fell in one, Midwest, down 0.7c.

At 192c per lb, the national average price for whole wheat bread was up 28.3c year-over-year.

The national average price of family flour in April was 51.8c per lb, up 2.9c from March and up 16.4c from April 2007.

The national average price for spaghetti and macaroni in April was 111.8c per lb, up 3.9c from March and up 19c from April 2007. Chocolate chip cookies were 278c per lb, up 4.6c from March and up 9.9c from April 2007.

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