Disinfectants recorded the highest sales growth in the third week of March, with an impressive increase of 702.9% compared to the same week last year, according to data from the Nielsen agency.
During this period, citizens bought three times as many gloves and demand for soap was also almost three times higher while yeast sales increased by 556% in the previous month.
Data from the Serbian Chamber of Commerce show that, by far, the highest demand for consumer goods was recorded in the second week, 9-16 March. Compared to the previous week in the same month, sales of flour increased to 463% and salt to 412%. Citizens bought 324% more fish cans, 286% more pasta and 264% more oil, according to a survey conducted by the Chamber.
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The list of the most popular products also includes soap, which sale increased by 250%, then sugar 228%, toilet paper 207% and long-life milk 184%. Demand for paper towels was 178% higher, detergents 161% and frozen vegetables 154%. The sale of nappies grew by 141%, eggs by 105%, baby food by 102%, frozen bakery products by 100% and vegetables by 92%.
Bottled water, yoghurt, fresh meat and fruit recorded a 70% jump in sales. Trade Minister Rasim Ljajic said that the Serbian market is stable and will continue to be so in the future. He pointed out that there was plenty of yeast now on the shelves, but that there was also a shortage of frozen peas.
Minister of Agriculture Branislav Nedimovic explained that there wouldn’t be enough peas in shops this year anyway, due to a very bad year for the harvest.
According to Nielsen, in the food category, flour recorded the highest sales (a 482% jump) in the third week of the previous month compared to the same period last year. Consumers also bought 224% more yeast and 168.1% more cooking oil.
(Vecernje Novosti, 07.04.2020)
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