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UK: increases in edible grocery purchases due to COVID-19 outbreak in 2020, by type

In the week ending on March 8 of 2020, beverages sales rose by 9.3 percent and packaged food increased by around 15.7 percent compared to a year before. In contrast, sales of fresh foods and alcohol only increased by 3.2 percent each. About a month later in the Week ending on April 12, beverage sales still showed an increase to the prior year but not as much as during the first week of March. However, by now Frozen food sales showed an increase of over 32.7 percent compared to the same week of 2019.

For further information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please visit our dedicated Facts and Figures page.

Year on Year changes in sales of edible groceries due to the coronavirus pandemic in the United Kingdom in March and April 2020, by category

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Release date

April 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

Week ended March 8, 2020 and week ended April 12, 2020

Supplementary notes

The data for March is taken from a previous tracker.

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