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Coronavirus causes Lowe’s sales of unexpected items to spike

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While the coronavirus pandemic has millions of Americans confined to their homes, home improvement company Lowe’s is seeing a sales boom.

“Now that people are spending more time at home, things are becoming more evident that they need to replace, fix and repair,” Lowe’s CEO and president Marvin Ellison told FOX Business’ Liz Claman on Tuesday. “And we just want to be here for the consumer right now.”

During the exclusive interview on “The Claman Countdown,” Ellison listed a few home-improvement projects people seem to be taking on during their lockdowns.

“[People are] replacing refrigerators that break because people are desperately trying to keep food and medicines from spoiling,” Ellison noted. “We’re selling freezers for people who are buying big food items in bulk that they’ve never done before.”

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Some people stuck at home amid coronavirus lockdowns are using the time to whittle down their fix-it lists and home improvement projects, retailers say.

“We’re definitely seeing the folks stuck at home saying, ‘Hey, I’m going to do that project which I’ve been wanting to do,’ ” said Barbara Werkheiser, co-owner of Nazareth Hometown Hardware in Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley Live reports. “I think people are trying to be constructive.”

For others, however, it’s less a matter a choice rather than necessity.

In Portland, Oregon, Kat Bradfield said she’s trying to obey a state stay-at-home order but needed a new ethernet cable to work from home, bringing her to The Home Depot, The Oregonian reported.

More than 487,000 cases of the COVID-19 virus have been confirmed worldwide with more than 22,000 deaths as of March 26, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States has more than 69,000 confirmed cases and

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