- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2020

One way Americans are coping with the new coronavirus? Booze.

U.S. sales of alcoholic beverages rose 55% in the week ending March 21, according to Nielsen.

Spirits like tequila, gin and pre-mixed cocktails led the way, with sales jumping 75% compared to the same period last year. Wine sales were up 66% while beer sales rose 42%.

And online sales far outpaced in-store sales. Nielsen said online alcohol sales were up 243%.

Danelle Kosmal, a Nielsen vice president, suspects growth rates peaked that week as people loaded up their pantries before state stay-at-home orders went into effect.



Kosmal said data for the week ending March 28 will be a better indicator of ongoing demand.

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