Condom sales rise through credit crunch
Condom sales are rising as cash-strapped couples opt for romantic nights in during the economic downturn
Durex reported a 10 per cent rise in sales to £126.4 million in the last six months to September 30. Analysts believe the reason for the increase is that a night under the covers is cheaper than a night on the tiles. Sales of its ‘Play’ range, which includes lubricants and vibrators, also rose by more than 27 per cent. A company spokesman said sales in the UK, France, Eastern Europe, Russia and China were particularly strong. The increases saw the firm’s pre-tax profits increase by almost 50 per cent to more than £30 million.
Ocado, the online retailer, also reported a 60 per cent increase in sales across its range of contraceptives. The company’s finance director, Jason Gissing, said: “We’re definitely seeing a rise in people staying in more, entertaining, cooking and clearly making their own fun.”