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    COVID-19 Industry Tracker

    U.S. consumer spending has been altered by the coronavirus pandemic. Our data reveals that consumers are changing the way they pay for goods and services, with some industries seeing spending shift toward online purchases. Additionally, the pandemic has changed the types of purchases consumers are making, with stimulus recipients increasing their spending on big-ticket items. … Continued
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    Instacart and Walmart lead the pack in grocery delivery sales

    Grocery delivery sales skyrocketed early in the pandemic, as shelter-in-place orders went into effect and many consumers avoided going into brick-and-mortar grocery stores. Between March 2020 and April 2020, total sales among a select set of grocery delivery competitors–Instacart, Walmart Grocery, Shipt, Peapod, and FreshDirect–grew 62 percent. While demand for grocery delivery still exceeds pre-pandemic … Continued
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    Uber vs. Lyft: Who’s tops in the battle of U.S. rideshare companies

    When U.S. cities and states faced shelter-in-place orders to limit the spread of the coronavirus, Americans’ reduced mobility resulted in plummeting sales at rideshare companies. With the exception of a late 2020 dip, sales have been gradually recovering since April 2020. Uber sales were up 171 percent year-over-year and Lyft sales were up 149 percent year-over-year in June 2021.
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    Renewed appetite for meal kits has sales rising at HelloFresh

    The struggling meal kit industry has flourished in the COVID-19 era. Whereas industry sales had previously fallen 5 percent in July 2019, the industry has gained tailwinds a year later, growing an average of 101 percent in July 2020. As shelter-in-place orders left many Americans with extra time for home cooking, a closer look at … Continued
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    Consumer spending shifts by industry in the COVID-19 era

    The coronavirus continues to impact Americans’ daily lives as many face the stark reality of shelter-in-place orders and a volatile financial market. By analyzing consumer spending, Second Measure transaction data can surface U.S. spending trends in near-real time to provide insights in these unprecedented times. Recent data reveals, as of the week of March 23 … Continued