Coronavirus sends hand sanitiser sales soaring

Sales of hand sanitiser in supermarkets more than tripled previous month as anxious clients flocked to shield them selves from coronavirus.

Sales soared by 255pc in February, according to new knowledge from Kantar Worldpanel, while liquid cleaning soap gross sales enhanced 7pc and residence cleaning goods rose by 10pc.

Fraser McKevitt of Kantar said: “Given the media focus about the outbreak of Covid-19 in February, it’s unsurprising to see shoppers prudently shielding them selves from health issues.”

Even so, it was just aspect of an total upward development, with supermarket gross sales increasing by .7pc in the 12 weeks to Feb 23 – the swiftest increase since November previous yr.

Even so, it was worse information for the even larger players, with Sainsbury’s the only 1 of the substantial grocers to publish a increase in yr-on-yr gross sales with a 0.3pc increase. That was its initial development since October, according to Kantar.

Mr McKevitt said: “Sainsbury’s has carried out well this period despite a hard current market, increasing gross sales in its Sainsbury’s Local ease shops as well as on the internet. It’s worthy of noting, however, that ongoing tension from the price cut shops meant the retailer even now shed current market share this month.

Tesco sales dipped by .8pc, although Asda was down one.2pc, Kantar observed.

Lidl was the fastest-increasing supermarket for the initial time since November 2017 as gross sales jumped by 11.4pc.

Arch rival Aldi posted a five.7pc increase, offering it a seven.9pc current market share. Ocado ongoing double-digit development with a 10.8pc increase, although Iceland’s gross sales rose by one.7pc.