Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY Published 6:43 a.m. ET April 23, 2020 CLOSE Panic shopping from coronavirus has recently left store shelves empty, so some stores are setting aside time for their elderly and at-risk shoppers. USA TODAYTarget’s digital sales grew by more than 100% in March as consumers ordered more essentials and groceries online for delivery and pickup amid the coronavirus pandemic.But while online growth has accelerated dramatically, the Minneapolis-based retailer announced Thursday that in-store sales have started to soften as millions have sheltered in place.In some categories like food & beverage and essentials, sales are up 20%. But apparel and accessory sales dropped by similar margins.”Consumer behaviors continue to change dramatically, particularly as public health officials have told Americans to minimize their time in stores,” Target CEO Brian Cornell said in a call with reporters to discuss the retailer’s COVID-19 response.Your money is important: Money advice delivered right to your inbox. Sign up here.Target is extending the $2 an hour temporary wage increase for employees and a paid leave program for workers most susceptible to the coronavirus until May 30. Employees 65 and older, pregnant or with underlying medical conditions can access paid leave for up to 30 days.The company previously announced the temporary benefits, wages and bonuses,


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