Retail food sales are higher than pre-pandemic levels

Retail food sales are much higher this year than they were in 2019, before the pandemic.

Comparing to the month of May, 2022 sales are up by $2.5 billion, totaling more than $15 billion. When it comes to individual categories, the largest price jump was 25.5 percent for fats and oils.

Alcohol showed the smallest increase with about 12 percent more sold this year. Shares of meat, eggs, and nuts also increased, but the share of vegetables fell about a half percent during this same time period.


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