White pan bread price rises, whole wheat falls

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The average price paid for white pan bread rose 2.9c per lb in March, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. This followed a sharp gain of 4c per lb in February. The price of whole wheat bread, meanwhile, fell 1.1c per lb after climbing 7.2c per lb to a record 188.4c in February.

The national average retail price of white pan bread was 135c, according to the B.L.S. The March price for white pan bread increased 18.9c compared with March 2007. On a month-to-month basis, the average price for white pan bread again rose in all four regions — Northeast, up 4.8c, West, up 3.1c, South, up 2.3c, and Midwest, up 2.7c.

At 187.3c per lb, the national average price for whole wheat bread was up 21.9c year-over-year.

The national average price of family flour in March was 48.9c per lb, up 3.4c from February and up 13.2c from March 2007.

The national average price for spaghetti and macaroni in March was 107.9c per lb, down 2.5c from February but up 16.9c from March 2007. Chocolate chip cookies were 273.4c per lb, up 5.2c from February and up 5.6c from March 2007.

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