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Offbeat Hamster purchases 2.0 - Germans hoard toilet paper

14:20  22 october  2020
14:20  22 october  2020 Source:   de.reuters.com

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Half the toilet paper had been sold, and there was little toothpaste left. Photographer: Gina Turner/Bloomberg. The German Health Ministry has even published a food survival list on its website and said that keeping a supply of staples on hand was a good idea even without the coronavirus.

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Berlin (Reuters) - Germans tend to buy hamsters again for fear of a lockdown in the face of the steep rise in corona infections.

FILE PHOTO: People wait in a queue to enter a supermarket in Schulzendorf near Berlin, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak © Reuters / REINHARD KRAUSE FILE PHOTO: People wait in a queue to enter a supermarket in Schulzendorf near Berlin, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

The sales figures for toilet paper were in the week from October 12th to 17th almost twice as high as the average of the pre-crisis months August 2019 to January 2020, as the Federal Statistical Office announced on Thursday. Sales of disinfectants grew by almost three quarters and that of soap by almost two thirds. The demand for certain foods also increased: Sales of flour rose by 28.4 percent, yeast by 34.8 percent and rice by 53.3 percent.

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Toilet Paper Hoarding refers to a series of memes which imagine toilet paper and hand sanitizer becoming a very valuable item and being accepted as currency during the COVID-19 pandemic. The memes gained significant popularity following reports of toilet paper shortage due to overdemand in

"Even if members of the federal government repeatedly emphasize that no supply bottlenecks are to be expected despite the second wave of infections, German consumers seem to want to play it safe," said Commerzbank economist Ralph Solveen about the development. However, associations and retailers do not see any supply bottlenecks looming. "The supply of goods is stable. The supply chains work without any problems," said a spokesman for the wholesale group Metro. "There are enough stocks available. Nobody has to worry about empty shelves."

"THERE IS NO REASON FOR STORAGE"

The Federal Association of the German Grocery Trade (BVLH) agrees. "In general, the demand in the grocery stores reflects the stocking of normal needs as before," said its spokesman Christian Böttcher. Occasionally, there is a higher demand in some regions and for some product groups such as hygiene articles. However, this is easily absorbed by the supply chains, and it is always replenished. "From our point of view, there is no reason to keep additional supplies in the future either," said Böttcher. "The supply of goods is stable. There are enough stocks." An important basic rule should always be heeded when shopping for groceries, said the spokesman: "If everyone only buys what he needs, there is enough for everyone".

At the beginning of the corona pandemic in March and April, there were empty shelves in individual supermarkets. Customers were increasingly turning to hygiene items such as toilet paper as well as canned food, pasta and flour. Many shops therefore only allowed the purchase of normal household quantities. In some shops, such as those of the Rossmann drugstore chain, there are currently again indications to limit the purchase of toilet paper to one package.

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