White bread, whole wheat prices gain in March

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The average price paid for white pan bread and whole wheat bread rose in March, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor.

The national average retail price of white pan bread was 141.5c, up 1.7c per lb from February and up 4.7c from March 2010. On a month-to-month basis, the average price for white pan bread rose in all three regions — up 3.2c in the South, up 0.6c in the West and up 0.5c in the Midwest.

At 189.5c per lb, the national average price for whole wheat bread was up 3.1c per lb from February, and was up 10.2c per lb from March 2010.

The national average price of family flour in March was 50.8c per lb, up 1.4c from February and up 2.9c from March 2010.

The national average price for spaghetti and macaroni in March was 119.7c per lb, up 8.1c from February and up 5.2c from March 2010. Chocolate chip cookies were 321.9c per lb, up 9.6c from February and up 8.5c from March 2010.

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