Block cheese prices on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange averaged just above $1.38 per pound for the trading week ended Aug. 21, up five cents from the previous week.   Block cheese closed at just above $1.36 per pound Monday, just above $1.38 per pound Tuesday, $1.40 per pound Wednesday and $1.39 per pound Thursday and Friday.    Prices are off 33 cents, or 20 percent, compared with this time last year, when block cheese averaged $1.71 per pound.   Wheat   Wheat for September delivery closed at $5.32 per bushel Friday on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, off 17 cents compared with the previous Friday's close of $5.49.   Prices had closed at just under $5.41 per bushel Monday and Tuesday, just above $5.38 per bushel Wednesday and just under $5.39 per bushel on Thursday.   Gasoline and diesel fuel   The nationwide average for regular unleaded gasoline was $2.63 per gallon Aug. 23, according to AAA and the Oil Price Information Service, off a penny from the previous week.   Prices are up 6 percent from an average of $2.47 per gallon a month ago and off 29 percent from an average of $3.69 per gallon this time last year. Mid-range unleaded averaged $2.79 per gallon while premium unleaded stood at $2.89 per gallon.   The nationwide average price for diesel fuel stood at $2.69 per gallon Aug. 23, unchanged from last week. Diesel prices are off 38 percent from an average of $4.31 per gallon this time last year.   Natural gas
 
Natural gas spot prices declined this report week, with the largest decreases generally occurring in the western half of the country according to the Energy Information Administration. The Henry Hub spot price decreased by 34 cents to $3.02 per million Btu.   Pizza company stocks   Shares in Pizza Hut parent Yum! Brands Inc. closed at $36.02 on Aug. 21, up 1.08 compared with the previous week's close of $34.94. YUM traded at a 52-week high of $40.25 in September 2008 and a 52-week low of $21.50 in November 2008.   Domino's closed at $7.82, up 21 cents compared with the previous Friday's close of $7.61. Over the past 52 weeks, DPZ has traded as high as $14.20 in August 2008 and as low as $2.61 in November 2008.   Papa John's stock closed at $24.52, up 50 cents compared with the previous Friday's close of $24.02. PZZA traded at a 52-week high of $30.68 in September 2008 and a 52-week low of $12.78 in November 2008.   Shares in CEC Entertainment Inc., parent company of Chuck E. Cheese restaurants, closed at $27.22, up 24 cents compared with the previous week's close of $26.98. CEC traded at a 52-week high of $39.59 in August 2008 and a 52-week low of $12.96 in November 2008.   California Pizza Kitchen closed at $14.41 on Aug. 21, up 42 cents compared with the previous week's close of $13.99. CPKI has traded as high as $17.44 in mid-April and as low as $5.24 in November 2008.   Pizza Inn closed at $1.80 on Aug. 21, off 4 cents compared with the previous week's close of $1.84. PZZI traded at a 52-week high of $2.72 in October 2008 and a 52-week low of 98 cents in April 2009.

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