Greek Supermarket Turnover up 30.7% since the Begging of the COVID-19 Crisis

Αssociated Press

Customers wait for the opening of a supermarket in Athens, Monday, March 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

ATHENS - Supermarket turnover jumped 30.7 pct, totaling 1.36 billion euros in the the period from February 24 to April 12, the first seven weeks from the appearance of the first coronavirus patient in Greece, IRI said in a report released on Thursday.

The report said that the value of sales (excluding Greek islands) rose 30.7 pct in the seven-week period compared with the same period in 2019, while the value of sales in the period from the beginning of 2020 until April 12 was 30.7 pct.

IRI said that household and personal hygiene products were the categories with the biggest increase in this period (antiseptic gels up 449.4 pct), food supplements (351.9 pct), wet tissue (309 pct).