In the middle of December 2022, retail food sales values were above the previous year for all categories, except alcohol

Chart shows the change in food sales overall and by category between 2021 and 2022

This chart provides retail food sales comparisons with the same week 1 year prior in order to illustrate how sales changed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As of December 18, 2022, the value of sales was 8.2 percent higher than the same week in 2021, with wide variations across food categories. The highest increase was for fats and oils—26.0 percent higher compared with the same week in 2021—whereas alcohol was 0.2 percent lower.

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