For some companies the impacts of the coronavirus aren’t all bad

The increasingly global spread of coronavirus has decimated stocks in recent days and companies have issued profit warnings over the outbreak at an alarming rate.

However, not all of the consequences of the virus are having a negative impact, as some companies are finding out.

Consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser RB, +2.70% said on Thursday it had seen increased demand for its Dettol and Lysol cleaning products, which include antibacterial hand gels, surface cleaners and disinfectants. The company has been working with healthcare authorities in China, providing its products to help fight the outbreak. The World Health Organization has urged people to regularly wash their hands and also warned the virus could be picked up by touching surfaces. Reckitt Benckiser, whose brands also include Durex and Strepsils, said online sales from consumers in China had climbed. Chinese authorities have closed malls and public places in a bid to contain the virus, which has infected 82,000 people and killed more than 2,800.

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With hundreds of millions of Chinese people stranded in their own homes for much of the past month, consumers have seemingly turned to online orders. Nintendo NTDOY, -2.39% games, yoga mats and rowing machines have been among the most popular items, according to data from e-commerce giant Alibaba BABA, -0.67%. Rival platform Pinduoduo PDD, +1.94% listed hair cutting kits and condoms among its best-selling items, Reuters reported.

Phrases including “how to spend time at home when bored” have been trended on Chinese social media platform Weibo, according to state-funded news site The Paper.

If the virus does spread across the U.S. and in large numbers across the world, Chinese consumer habits could be replicated globally.

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In a dreadful week for U.S. stocks, at-home exercise equipment maker Peloton Interactive PTON, -3.31% has bucked the trend, climbing 14.5% since Monday. While the company has not yet provided an update on coronavirus, Needham analyst Laura Martin said the spread of the virus could boost sales. “We believe certain U.S. consumers will be less comfortable over time going to their gym and more likely to order a Peloton bike to stay home.” Investors seem to agree as the stock climbed again on Thursday. In keeping with the stay-at-home theme, Netflix NFLX, +1.93% stock has also risen this week, suggesting it may also benefit from the outbreak.

Budweiser brewer Anheuser-busch ABI, -10.42% has certainly felt the impact of the coronavirus as it reported $285 million in lost revenue from China in January and February. The Chinese government has closed karaoke bars, pubs and restaurants in bid to contain the virus. However, the world’s largest brewer did note that online sales have “accelerated growth significantly” in the first two months of the year.