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UK condom sales surge after COVID-19 lockdown ends

They got out of the house — and into the sack.

Condom sales in the UK surged following the end of a national lockdown to limit the spread of COVID-19, reports said Tuesday.

Durex saw more than a 10 percent jump in sales over the summer, after pandemic restrictions were eased back and frisky singles were able to hook up again, the Guardian reported.

At the height of coronavirus lockdowns in the spring, Durex’s parent company Reckitt Benckiser reported a loss in sales because stay-at-home orders took their “toll on the number of intimate occasions” available for those outside of long-term relationships, the outlet reported.

Condoms aren’t the most popular form of contraception for serious couples who were holed up together, which is why the sales declined, the outlet said.

Reckitt’s chief executive Laxman Narasimhan said following a “more challenging first half of the year,” a relaxing of social distancing mandates led to “improved demand” for products like Durex, which has enjoyed a “double-digit growth in revenue.”

“This has been particularly pronounced in markets where the rate of pandemic infection has materially improved,” Narasimhan said.

Aside from condoms, Reckitt has also seen big demand for vitamin supplements, cleaning sprays and air fresheners.


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