Pharmacy sales in Australia rose 6.64 per cent in February, reports the Australian Retailers Association.

A development that is being repeated worldwide as pharmacies are classified as essential businesses.

Walgreens Boots Alliance, a global leader in retail and wholesale pharmacy, personal care and health, has reported second quarter sales of US$35.28 billion – a rise of 3.7 per cent over the same period in 2019.

Q2 ended on February 29th, prior to the number of COVID-19 cases escalating in the US and Europe and the accompanying changes in consumer purchasing behaviour.

Retail pharmacy sales in the US reported Q2 sales of US$27.2 billion – an increase of 3.8 per cent over the same period a year earlier.

The personal care and health titan has also entered a new agreement with food delivery service Postmates in the US, expanding its on-demand delivery service across the US to 47 states.

Walgreens Boots Alliance will deliver over-the-counter medicines, household essentials, personal care and convenience products to consumers.

Walgreens has been re-focusing on beauty for the past few years.

Last year, it introduced more premium, indie and DTC brands and 3500 beauty consultants across 3000 of its stores in the US.

The giant also entered a partnership with Birchbox, the beauty subscription company.

Black Friday produced blockbuster results in the US for Walgreens with sales up 45 percent, fuelled by leading skincare brands such as its private label No 7 brand, the number one skincare range in the UK.

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