Data: Grocery growth accelerates as shoppers stock up amid coronavirus fears

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The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar show grocery spend in the 12 weeks to February 23 was up 0.7% year on year as consumers stocked up on essentials amid fears over coronavirus.

Sales of hand sanitiser increased 255% in February, while liquid soaps increased 7% and household cleaning product sales soared 10%.

Ocado, which warned customers of “exceptionally high demand” this week and said shoppers were placing “particularly large orders”, saw its sales go up 10.4% during the period.

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