Seasonal demand for pumpkins increases retail prices

A chart showing U.S. retail pumpkin prices for September and October 2012.

U.S. pumpkin production areas are reporting good crop progress for this year's Halloween season. With volume on track, average retail advertised prices for pumpkins in the early weeks of September 2012 were running as much as 25 percent below the same period in 2011. More recently, strong demand has moved prices closer to 2011 levels. Weekly fluctuations in advertised retail prices through mid-October have been within 6 percent (above or below) of the 2011 average. For more information on the U.S. pumpkin sector, visit Pumpkins: Background & Statistics information page in the ERS Newsroom.

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