Sales of hand sanitiser jumped by 255% last month as fears about the coronavirus grew, according to the latest grocery sales figures from Kantar.
The research firm also found that other kinds of liquid soaps saw sales increase by 7%, while 10% more was spent on household cleaners.
Kantar also said that in the 12 weeks to 23 February, supermarket sales grew by 0.7% from a year earlier – the fastest rate since November last year.
It said Sainsbury’s was the only one of the traditional large grocers to increase year-on-year sales, with spending up by 0.3%.
However, all the “big four” supermarkets lost market share as discounters such as Aldi and Lidl continue to make inroads into the sector.