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Change in retail sales due to COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. 2020, by store type

The coronavirus pandemic has driven a surge in consumer spending in the United States, particularly with stockpiling of goods. Multi-purpose outlets like Walmart and Target gained the most, with dollars sales of consumer packaged goods increasing 10 percent relative to the year before. Convenience stores witnessed a smaller but still significant increase in sales, reaching around 4 percent compared to 2019 levels.

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Change in retail dollar sales due to the coronavirus pandemic in the United States in March 2020, by store type

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Release date

March 2020


United States

Survey time period

Week ended March 8, 2020

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