Coronavirus fears appear to be driving up sales of oat milk, fruit snacks, toilet paper, and more - here's what people are buying
- Nielsen data shows people are buying masks, hand sanitizer, oat milk, nutrition bars, and more as coronavirus spreads.
- US sales of hand sanitizer soared 428% in the week ending January 25 compared with the same period last year.
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The novel coronavirus has led to dire shortages at stores in China, Italy, and elsewhere in recent weeks as retailers grapple with supply chain disruptions and a surge in sales of certain products, such as face masks and hand sanitizer.
Some supply shortages may now be spreading to the US, as consumers rush to stock up on medical supplies and shelf-stable foods.
So what are people buying, exactly?
Nielsen data shows spikes in sales of masks, thermometers, and many shelf-stable foods starting as early as January in the US.
Here's the list of products that saw some of the biggest sales increases in the week ending January 25 - which is the most recent data available - compared to the same week in 2019, according to Nielsen
Oat milk: 441% sales increase
Medical masks: 428% sales increase
Household maintenance masks: 218% sales increase
Thermometers: 43% sales increase
Hand sanitizer: 20% sales increase
Fruit snacks: 10.4% sales increase
Pretzels: 8.2% sales increase
Cat food: 7.5% sales increase
Sanitary pads: 7% sales increase
Health and nutrition bars: 6.6% sales increase
Vitamins: 5.4% sales increase
Toilet paper: 5.4% sales increase
Tampons: 4.5% sales increase
Water: 2.4% sales increase
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