‘Quarantinis,’ Bread Makers and Badminton: What’s Hot in Down Consumer Market

Wall Street Journal analysis finds households shifted from supermarkets to online and from Whole Foods to waffle irons as lockdowns hit

U.S. consumer-spending patterns shifted in late March and early April as Americans adapted to continuing business closures and work-from-home orders to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

A Wall Street Journal analysis of household-spending data found grocery-store visits retreated after initially surging in mid-March, when the shutdowns gained steam. In the more recent period, online grocery shopping and spending on alcohol delivery boomed. U.S. consumers shelled out more on bread makers, puzzles, board games, bubble...