With the outbreak of war food prices have shewn an inclination to jump upwards through out the week.
Lewisham and Lee bakers advanced the price of quartern loaves from 5 1/2d to 6d on Tuesday, with further price rises likely. This was justified as the cost of flour rose from 26s to 35s and 36s on Tuesday. The price of a half peck of flour was 11d on Friday, Saturday 1s and Wednesday 1s 1d. Mr G Clark, grocer said on Wednesday "flour, sugar, tinned goods, tea, Cocoa and biscuits were being bought heavily".
On Wednesday a sugar loaf had doubled in price from Friday and Mr Clark was informed that the wholesaler was unable to supply sugar. A shop in Lee was sold out of tea, sugar and butter and would remain closed until further supplies were received.
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