Among specific cuts last month, choice-grade, boneless sirloin steak averaged $6.32 a pound nationwide, up 4 cents from September and up 32 cents from October 2010. Lean and extra-lean ground beef averaged $3.82 a pound, little-changed from September but up 19 cents from a year earlier.
Prices for milk and some pork cuts declined from previous months but remained above last year’s levels.
Boneless pork chops averaged $4.08 a pound during October, down from $4.21 in September but up from $3.89 a year earlier, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Bacon averaged $4.59 a pound, down from $4.82 in September and down from $4.77 in October 2010.
Compared to September levels, retail beef prices rose 0.5 percent, pork rose 0.4 percent and dairy rose 0.1 percent.
Broader readings from the Labor Department's Consumer Price Index showed costs for food eaten at home rose 0.1 percent last month compared with September and rose 6.2 percent compared with October 2010. The food at home index rose 0.3 percent in 2010.