In early May 2023, retail food sales values were higher than 3 years ago for some categories, lower for others

Bar chart showing the change in food sales overall and by category between 2020 and 2023.

Comparing May 2023 retail food sales with May 2020—a 3-year range—provides a comparison of sales early in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As of May 7, 2023, the value of retail food sales was higher than the same week in 2020 for some categories but lower for others. The largest 3-year increase was for beverages, which in May 2023 was 26.6 percent higher in sales value compared with May 2020; the largest decrease was for alcohol, 10.7 percent lower.

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