Demand for Hand Sanitizer and Disinfecting Wipes Spikes Amid Coronavirus Scare

'Sales went through the roof'

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As news of the coronavirus continues to dominate headlines, impacting markets and conferences alike, new numbers show consumer demand for hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes has surged.

Figures from market research firm Rakuten Intelligence reveal that in terms of sheer dollar amount, U.S. online sales of liquid hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes increased 202% year-on-year between January 2019 and January 2020. Last month, consumers spent more money on these products online than any month in at least the past two years.

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