Alcohol sales spike by a third during coronavirus lockdown

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Alcohol sales have spiked by a third during coronavirus lockdown while overall sales drop, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Analyses shows total sales dropped 5.1 per cent as many establishments closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

But in breakdowns, food stores reported their strongest growth on record in March with an increase in sales of 10.4 per cent.

And online food sales in March were 101 per cent higher than the same month last year.

Alcohol outlets saw a 31.4 per cent spike in sales, said ONS.

WHile on the other hand, retail sales plummeted 34.8 per cent on February figures.

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