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Food sales growth in S Group stores due to the COVID-19 outbreak 2020, by product

In March 2020, food sales increased significantly in S Group stores in Finland as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and after the government announced its first COVID-19 related restrictions on March 12, 2020. In comparison to the food sales in January, the total sales growth reached 25 percent, even though the largest sales growth was limited to certain product groups. These products included flour, bread, grains, and flakes. The sales figures of flour were for example 2.4 times higher in the period of March 9 to 15 than during a typical week in January. Sales of other products, such as canned foods, and frozen foods also increased a lot in comparison to January. In the period of March 16 to 22, the sales growth decreased from the previous week, but sales of several product groups were still considerably higher than usually.

The first COVID-19 case in Finland was confirmed on January 29, 2020. For further information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please visit our dedicated Facts and Figures page.

Food sales growth in S Group stores due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Finland from January to March 2020, by product type

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

January 13-19; March 9-15 and March 16-22, 2020

Supplementary notes

Index value week 3 equals 100. The week 3 of 2020 is the base used to calculate the index value.

S Group is a Finnish network of companies operating in the retail and service with more than 1,600 outlets in Finland. The following supermarket and service station chains belong to S Group: Sale, Alepa, S-Market, Prisma, ABC and ABC-Deli.

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