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Food, beverages, tobacco and pharmacy represent 70% of physical purchases in Portugal

Purchases in the sectors of super and hypermarkets, small food distribution, beverages and tobacco and pharmacies and parapharmacies reached 70% of the total purchases made by the Portuguese in physical stores during Easter week, SIBS announced today.

“This past week, there was an increase in transactions in Portugal in the sectors of super & hypermarkets, small food distribution, beverages & tobacco, pharmacies and parapharmacies, which now represent 70% of the total purchases made by the Portuguese in physical stores”, he informed the payment systems manager.

However, the data collected by SIBS, in the week of April 6th to 12th, reveal a “maintenance of the recent consumption trends of the Portuguese, highlighting, in this Easter period, a stability mainly in physical purchases, in a context of restriction travel in national territory ”.

That is to say, SIBS infers, that the renewal of the state of emergency “did not cause significant changes in the consumption patterns of the Portuguese”, with most of the indicators presented to remain constant in the period under analysis, compared to the previous week.

Thus, there was a slight decrease in online purchases and physical purchases: minus three percentage points and minus one point, respectively.

This decrease in transactions was accompanied by a small decrease also in the average value per purchase, both in ‘e-commerce’ (e-commerce) and in stores: minus 3.2% and minus 2.4%, respectively.

As for the payment method, MB Way stands out as the preferred method, both in ‘online’ and in-store purchases, having seen its weight increased in the total of purchases in the country during Easter week: in ‘online’ commerce. surpassed the average recorded before the pandemic and gained two points compared to the previous week and in store purchases it rose two points compared to the week from March 30 to April 5.

According to the SIBS report on the impact of covid-19 on the consumption habits of the Portuguese, online commerce transactions continue to register a greater weight in the general panorama of purchases in Portugal, being now 16 points below the average recorded before the pandemic, and face-to-face purchases at the store registered 51 points less in the number of total purchases compared to the average record before the confirmation of the first case of infection.

In an analysis by sectors in ‘e-commerce’, the highlight for that week was the highlight for the entertainment, culture and subscriptions segment, which already registers a 60% increase compared to the week before the declaration of the pandemic.

The online food and retail trade also increased by 41%, and the restaurant trade, ‘food delivery’ and ‘take away’ an increase of 40%.

The drop in consumption of Portuguese abroad and foreigners in Portugal remains “practically unchanged”, compared to the previous week, “at levels of -68% and -85%, respectively, compared to the weekly average before the crisis began. covid-19 ”, concludes SIBS.

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