Grocery turns in strong retail sales performance for December

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Russell Redman, Supermarket News

Jan 07, 2022


Grocery sales climbed more than 8% in December and more than doubled that growth rate on a two-year stack, according to national retail sales tracker MasterCard SpendingPulse.


Year over year, grocery retail sales rose 8.3% for December, Purchase, N.Y.-based MasterCard reported yesterday. Since December 2019, the category has seen sales increase 16.9%.


The gain reflected robust overall retail sales growth for the month as shoppers stepped up their holiday purchases. Total retail sales gained 10.3% excluding automobiles and were up 6.9% backing out both autos and fuel, with the latter category still experiencing elevated per-gallon pricing.


By sector, restaurants tallied the strongest growth, with sales up 51.9% year over year in December, followed by luxury retailers (+46.8%), apparel stores (+46.3%), jewelry stores (+31%), department stores (+19.1%) and electronics/appliances retailers (+16%).


MasterCard SpendingPulse’s December data includes both in-store and online retail sales...


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