Walmart trailed supermarkets amid peak panic-buying: data


LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Americans increased their visits to supermarkets far more than to Walmart Inc (WMT.N) stores as panic-buying peaked in mid-March, a Reuters analysis of foot traffic to retailers in the United States shows.

FILE PHOTO: Caution tape hangs at the entrance of a temporarily closed Walmart store, where a number of employees tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and one employee died, in Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S., May 5, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo

Yet by early May, visits to Walmart had rebounded and were outpacing visits to supermarkets, according to the analysis.

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