U.S. online retail categories with biggest search lift post-COVID-19 May 2020

As of May 2020, the online retail category with the year-over-year biggest search lift post-COVID-19 was the food, grocery, and cooking category. Between January 1 and March 13, food, grocery, and cooking content searches declined by four percent compared to the previous year. However, between March 14 and May 1, the category underwent a 53.8 percent y-o-y search volume lift. Additionally, the computers and consumer electronics category's search change went from 5 percent year-over-year growth pre-COVID to 41.4 percent y-o-y growth post-COVID.

Online retail categories with the year-over-year biggest search lift post-COVID-19 as of May 2020

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Release date

May 2020


United States

Survey time period

January to May 1, 2019 vs. 2020

Special properties

Pre COVID-19 = 1/1/2020 to 3/13/2020; Post COVID-19 = 3/14/2020 to 5/1/2020

Supplementary notes

*Pre COVID-19 = 1/1/2020 to 3/13/2020 **Post COVID-19 = 3/14/2020 to 5/1/2020

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