Alcohol sales skyrocket in Seattle as COVID-19 measures kick in

Shopping patterns fluctuate wildly
Updated: Tue, 03/24/2020 - 14:29
 
 

Seattleites are increasingly turning to vodka to help them cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

Sales of vodka have spiked 50% since Gov. Jay Inslee ordered a shutdown of all bars and restaurants in the state March 16. Domestic beer sales have skyrocketed 48% and tequila purchases are up 42%

Mobile shopping app Ibotta also found that – not surprisingly – weekly toilet paper purchases doubled between mid-February and mid-March as shoppers “panic buy” as the coronavirus increasingly takes hold. 

Washington state has more than 2,200 confirmed cases of coronavirus, or about 7% of all those who’ve been tested. At least 110 people have died. Inslee yesterday announced a mandatory statewide stay-at-home order, effective for a minimum of two weeks.

Ibotta also found that people are making fewer trips to the grocery store but spending has nearly doubled, from an average of $25 in mid-February to nearly $50 by mid-March. Online shopping is up 52% compared to the same time frame a year ago, and the number of online shoppers has increased 8.6% since coronavirus began.

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