Portuguese spent 250 million euros in the supermarket in just one week
In the same period as in 2019, another 30 million were spent on purchases. The Covid-19 outbreak is to blame.
Portugal still had no cases of Covid-19, but the rush to supermarkets started as early as the end of February. In a week, the Portuguese spent 250 million euros – 30 million more than in the same period last year.
The data are from the Nielsen barometer, quoted here by “Dinheiro Vivo”, and refer to the period between 24 February and 1 March. The consumption trend in Lisbon has tripled. In Viana do Castelo and Braga, the increase was 14 percent.
That week, food products, detergents, hygiene products and fresh products rose 14 percent. With regard to the increase in the volume of purchases, it was also in Lisbon that the largest increase was registered (18 percent).
Next are the districts of Setúbal (16 percent), Leiria (16 percent), Santarém (15 percent) and Porto (13 percent). A study has not yet been carried out for this past week, in which there was an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Portugal, but it will certainly be higher than in relation to the identical period of 2019.
Sales of preserves and products rich in vitamin C were the most sought after items between the end of February and the beginning of March.