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•  The monthly Brick Meets Click/Mercatus Grocery Shopping Survey is out, concluding that "the U.S. online grocery market captured $8.9 billion in sales during December as over 69 million households shopped online to satisfy grocery-related needs … December’s strong results helped annual online grocery sales reach $97.7 billion for 2021 as more than 70% of U.S. households (93 million) received one or more orders during the year."

Other key findings:  "Share of total weekly grocery spending up to 13% … Online’s annualized share of total grocery spending for 2021 was almost 13%, up nearly two percentage points from the previous year … Adjusting 2021’s online share to exclude Ship-to-Home reveals that the combined Pickup and Delivery segments captured 10% of total grocery sales, up 2 points from 2020 … Order frequency holding steady, averaging 2.74 orders/month … (and) the likelihood that a monthly active user will order again from the same online grocery service in the next month landed at 62.9% for December 2021, 7.6 points higher than prior month."