10 unexpected products, the demand for which grew during the epidemic
US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — As quarantine continues, the set of products that customers purchase in stores changes. Changes are taking place in all countries that find themselves in a situation of forced self-isolation, however, in the United States, analysts conducted a study and found out which products became especially popular.
Undoubtedly, following the increase in popularity, there was an increase in the prices of these goods, despite a drop in retail sales by 8.7% from February to March.
The tastes and habits of customers are changing in all countries, and experts predict an unfavorable situation for the retail industry.
Restaurants, gas stations and clothing stores were in the most unfavorable position, as most of the buyers were forced to sit at home.
Nevertheless, there are also sectors that, on the contrary, are not going through the worst of times, despite the crisis and the pandemic.
Below we will talk about goods for which demand has grown, and therefore prices have risen. Despite this, the products on the list continue to be popular with buyers.
Sales of sliced ham increased by 379.2% compared with last year, according to data as of April 11. This is due to the fact that buyers began to literally sweep this product from store shelves.
Since beauty salons and hairdressers were closed, people tend to maintain their appearance while at home. Sales of hair dyes were up 92.9% from a year ago, according to April 11th.
Since many people were locked up at home, they had a new hobby. In the United States, baking utensils for homemade bread became especially popular. In particular, baker’s yeast increased in price: according to data as of April 11, their sales increased by 245% compared to the previous week and by 409.6% in four weeks.
Webcams and radios
As people began to communicate more through various applications, as well as many who turned out to be working remotely, which also requires the ability to contact colleagues via video conferencing, the popularity of webcams has grown dramatically. In particular, according to March data, sales of webcams grew by 534% compared with the first 4 weeks of this year.
Sales of radio receivers soared by 244%.
Nail polish remover
Sales of nail polish remover increased by 20.2% in just a week, according to April 11th. This is also due to the fact that beauty salons and manicure salons are closed, so girls tend to preserve the beauty of nails on their own.
Pet Products: Food, Toys
During a pandemic, people spend more time in the company of their furry friends. In this regard, the popularity of pet products began to grow. In particular, according to April 19, sales of goods from this category increased by 711% compared to the same period last year.
Among the products with the highest sales growth was cat food, which had a 401% increase in sales, as well as dog toys, which had a 167% increase in sales. In addition, sales of goods for small animals increased by 175% compared to the same period last year.
In general, there has been an increase in sales of goods important to the mass consumer, in particular milk and drinking water. However, among other things, sales of Kombucha increased. Sales growth was 25.9% compared to the same period last year.
Demand for beans increased by 237.2%, according to data as of March 21. Compared to the same period last year, sales grew by 56.2%.
Canned foods may seem like obvious items to buy during an outbreak. And at first, the demand for these products really rose sharply. However, recently it was fresh products that became very popular among buyers. In particular, demand for them jumped 600%. People buy large quantities of fresh vegetables and fruits.
Popcorn is America’s favorite snack food, and popcorn has not declined in popularity during the epidemic. On the contrary, according to analysts, sales grew by 30.5%, according to data as of April 11.
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