By mid-August 2021, retail food sales values were above the previous year, except for vegetables, alcohol, and sugar and sweeteners
This chart provides retail food sales comparisons with the same week 1 year prior to illustrate how sales have changed since the early months of the coronavirus pandemic. As of August 22, 2021, the value of sales was 4.3 percent higher than the same week in 2020, with wide variations among food categories. Sales of beverages, commercially prepared items, and fruits were 9.2 percent, 7.7 percent, and 5.1 percent higher, respectively, compared with the same week in 2020.
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