Nielsen: Coronavirus having huge impact on hand sanitizer sales

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NEW YORK — A recent report from Nielsen looks at the impact the coronavirus is having on some health-related retail products in the U.S.  The report noted that hand sanitizer sales are up 73% for the week ending 2/22/20 compared to the same week in 2019.  Not surprisingly, demand for medical and health-safety essentials is high. In the US, the four weeks ended Feb. 22, 2020 saw 319% dollar growth and 378% unit growth for medical masks compared to the same month in 2019. Hand sanitizers are up 73% in sales during the same 4 weeks ended Feb. 22, 2020.

Dollar Growth vs. Year-Ago



4 Weeks

Hand Sanitizer



Medical Masks



Household Maintenance Masks






Aerosol Disinfectants



Source: Nielsen Retail Measurement Services, Total U.S. All Outlets Combined (xAOC), periods ended Feb. 22, 2020 versus same periods a year-ago



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