WASHINGTON — The average price paid for white pan bread decreased 0.1c per lb in May, while the price for whole wheat bread fell 4c per lb, 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 132.7c, down 0.1c per lb from April and down 5.5c from May 2016. On a month-to-month basis, the average price for white pan bread in May increased in two regions — up 3.4c in the Midwest and up 0.5c in the Northeast — and decreased in two regions — down 2.7c in the South and down 0.4c in the West.
At 197.4c per lb, the national average price for whole wheat bread was down 4c per lb from April but up 1.2c per lb from May 2016.
The national average price of family flour in May was 51.7c per lb, up 0.1c from April but down 0.8c from May 2016.The national average price for spaghetti and macaroni in May was 127.2c per lb, up 0.1c from April but down 4.8c from May 2016. Chocolate chip cookies were 350.6c per lb, up 10.2c from April and up 8.3c from May 2016. The national average price of white long-grain rice was 72.6c per lb, up 4c from April but down 2.1c from May 2016.