06 Oct 2022

Sales of hand sanitiser soar in Ireland amid the coronavirus epidemic

Sales of hand sanitiser soar  Ireland amid the Coronavirus epidemic

Sales of hand sanitiser soar in Ireland amid the coronavirus epidemic

Sales of hand sanitiser soar by 75% in Ireland amid the Coronavirus epidemic. 

This significant rise in sales is attributed to increasing panic buying due to health fears around the worldwide spread of the Coronavirus, which was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in January 2020.

Irish supermarkets are undergoing a tumultuous period to date with retail sales increasing by 4% on last year. Additionally, other categories are showing similar growth despite the presence of the Coronavirus not being confirmed in Ireland until March 1 2020, according to Nielsen.

Nielsen data shows that sales of disinfectant sprays and wipes are up 24% on the same period last year, whilst sales of soap and antiseptics are up 6% on the previous month. It looks as though health-conscious Irish consumers may also be stocking up on more vitamins and supplements, which are up 5%.

Alongside the significant increase in sanitising and hygiene products, it seems as if Irish consumers are are stocking up on cupboard staples. Non perishable products such as home-baking ingredients, pasta, rice, cooking oils and condiment sauces and breakfast cereal rank high on the list. 

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