Sir; I had a wry smile at your story about bread prices rising (News, September 15, p4) My problem is not so much the price of bread ­ although I am bewildered by the massive difference in price between the own label loaves and their branded counterparts ­ but the fact that the choice I am offered is usually so limited. Because of the hours I work I usually do my food shopping in the evening and I invariably find just a few rather ragged looking loaves left. I presume there is a much wider choice at some time during the day judging by all the labels underneath the empty spaces. Why, with sophisticated kit available to manage stock, are the multiples still so bad at managing short-life availability? For half their opening hours they seem out of stock of many items, not just bread but fruit and veg too. Even if bread is in stock, single workers are doubly disadvantaged because of the size of the product on offer. What use is a whole loaf to someone who just wants a maximum of four slices? Is the reason the multiples ignore such an affluent consumer group because they don't want to spoil the massive profits they make from sandwich sales? P Williams Burgess Hill West Sussex {{LETTERS }}

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