White pan bread price eases 0.2% in September

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The average price paid for white pan bread fell for the second straight month, easing 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, rose 0.1c per lb.

The national average retail price of white pan bread was 137.9c according to the B.L.S. The September price for white pan bread increased 16.7c compared with September 2007. On a month-to-month basis, the average price for white pan bread rose 0.1c per lb in the Midwest but fell 0.3c in the Northeast and 1.3c in the West. The average price was unchanged in the South.

At 195.1c per lb, the national average price for whole wheat bread was up 25c year-over-year.

The national average price of family flour in September was 53.2c per lb, down 0.7c from August but up 17.2c from September 2007. The loss marked the third decline in pricing in the past four months, according to the B.L.S.

The national average price for spaghetti and macaroni in September was 114.7c per lb, up 0.8c from August and up 27.6c from September 2007. Chocolate chip cookies were 295c per lb, up 4.8c from August and up 27.9c from September 2007.

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