In the middle of October 2022, retail food sales values for all categories were above the same period 3 years ago

Chart shows change in food sales overall and by category between 2019 and 2022

Comparing October 2022 retail food sales with October 2019—a 3-year range—provides a comparison of sales before the start of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As of October 16, 2022, the value of retail food sales was higher than the same week in 2019 for all categories. The largest 3-year changes were for fats and oils, which—in 2022—were 47.8 percent higher in sales value compared with 2019, and beverages, which were 38.8 percent higher.

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