By mid-August 2021, retail food sales values were above retail food sales values from the same period 2 years ago
Comparing August 2021 retail food sales to August 2019 (2 years ago) provides a pre-pandemic baseline that adjusts for seasonality of food purchase patterns. As of August 22, 2021, the value of retail food sales was higher than the same week in 2019. The largest 2-year change was for meats, eggs, and nuts, which were 23 percent higher in sales value.
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