A new survey by the Department of Commerce shows that many Americans are still looking for the same places that they used to visit but in a smaller, more convenient, and cheaper way.
The survey, from the Consumer Price Index and the American Community Survey, shows that Americans spent $2,084,800, or 11.7 percent, more on grocery and convenience stores in 2017 than in 2016, according to data compiled by the Associated Press.
That compares with $1,971,600, or 6.6 percent, in 2016.
In 2017, the cost of groceries and convenience shopping averaged $13,566, a 13.2 percent increase from 2016.
A majority of Americans have visited fewer than 20 of the 150 department stores in the survey, which were all located in metropolitan areas.
For the first time, only 1 in 4 people have visited at least one of the 100 department stores.
“The trend of declining trips to the grocery store, combined with the cost savings made through increased efficiency, is making shopping easier and more convenient for Americans,” the survey said.
For example, the survey found that the average trip to the supermarket last year was 25 minutes, up from 19 minutes in 2016 and 17 minutes in 2017.
The majority of consumers surveyed said that shopping online is easier now than in the past.
Only 18 percent of Americans said that they have bought groceries online since 2016, down from 25 percent in 2016 but up from 24 percent in 2017, according a separate survey by Harris Interactive, a data company that tracks consumer behavior.
Another recent survey by Consumer Reports found that 57 percent of consumers have shopped online.
The AP’s Katherine Faulders and The Associated Press contributed to this report.