Income of hand sanitiser in supermarkets much more than tripled final thirty day period as concerned consumers flocked to defend on their own from coronavirus.

Income soared by 255pc in February, according to new info from Kantar Worldpanel, while liquid soap gross sales enhanced 7pc and household cleansing solutions rose by 10pc.

Fraser McKevitt of Kantar said: “Specified the media aim around the outbreak of Covid-19 in February, it can be unsurprising to see customers prudently preserving on their own from ailment.”

Having said that, it was just component of an in general upward development, with grocery store gross sales rising by .7pc in the twelve weeks to Feb 23 – the quickest increase due to the fact November final calendar year.

Having said that, it was worse news for the greater gamers, with Sainsbury’s the only one of the huge grocers to publish a increase in calendar year-on-calendar year gross sales with a 0.3pc increase. That was its very first advancement due to the fact Oct, according to Kantar.

Mr McKevitt reported: “Sainsbury’s has carried out effectively this interval inspite of a hard current market, developing gross sales in its Sainsbury’s Nearby ease outlets as effectively as on line. It’s worth noting, even so, that continued strain from the low cost merchants intended the retailer still misplaced current market share this thirty day period.

Tesco sales dipped by .8pc, while Asda was down 1.2pc, Kantar discovered.

Lidl was the fastest-developing grocery store for the very first time due to the fact November 2017 as gross sales jumped by eleven.4pc.

Arch rival Aldi posted a 5.7pc increase, giving it a 7.9pc current market share. Ocado continued double-digit advancement with a 10.8pc increase, while Iceland’s gross sales rose by 1.7pc.