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Flour Inflation in US Is Worst Ever as Bakers Squeezed by War

Cost of eating at home surged 13.5% in August, biggest jump since 1979.

Locally-made bread for sale in Portland, Oregon.

Locally-made bread for sale in Portland, Oregon.

Photographer: Thomas Teal/Bloomberg

Six months after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sent wheat prices to a record, the cost for flour and prepared flour mixes is surging by the most ever, putting increasing pressure on already elevated inflation.

Consumer prices surged again in August, with both the core and headline figures topping forecasts, according to a Labor Department report Tuesday, despite relief at the gasoline pump. A primary culprit continues to be food. The cost of eating at home soared 13.5% from a year ago, the largest increase since March 1979.