NEW YORK - The newest numbers from Nielsen Total US dollar sales data showed a continued pattern of higher-than-average grocery sales for the week ending on May 9. Instore consumer packaged goods sales (CPG) in the United States were up 19.1%, online CPG sales were up 27.2% and online food sales overall were up 57% for the week ending on May 2.      

Seafood took over as the most elevated category, outpacing meat for the first time, while meat product prices continued to rise. 

The charts below break down Nielsen’s sales data by department and meat, dairy and alternatives for the weeks ending on May 2, May 9 and the 10 weeks leading up to May 9 and show differences in sales prices compared to 2019: