Allegheny County liquor sales highest in state
Allegheny County shoppers bought more wine and spirits than anyone else in the state last year, according to a report released on Tuesday by the state Liquor Control Board.
The county topped 66 other counties statewide with more than $260 million in sales, or 13.4 percent of sales statewide, compared to second-place Philadelphia, which posted sales of more than $231 million, or 11.9 percent.
“More stores equate to more sales,” LCB spokeswoman Stacy Kriedeman said. There are 76 state liquor stores in Allegheny county versus 52 stores in Philadelphia County.
Regionally, the southeastern part of the state, including Philadelphia and its surrounding counties, accounted for almost 39 percent of sales statewide while the six-county Pittsburgh region, including Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties, made up just shy of 21 percent of sales.
The LCB's annual Retail Year in Review report ranks counties and stores by sales figures, details what products sell best and outlines the busiest times for state stores.
“The Retail Year in Review is a very unique report in that it focuses solely on sales data from the retail side of the agency,” said LCB Chairman Joseph “Skip” Brion. “It clearly illustrates consumer tastes and industry trends in the beverage alcohol market in Pennsylvania that we can then use to ensure we're providing the products people want at a fair price.”
The report shows the top five categories of products last year were plain vodka, flavored vodka, bourbon, spiced rum and schnapps/liqueurs.
American chardonnay wines, Canadian whisky, unflavored rum, boxed wines, and American cabernet wines rounded out the top 10.
December, with the holiday season rush, was the LCB's strongest month with more than 7.1 million transactions rung in December 2012. November was the second busiest month with more than 5.6 million transactions, according to the report.
Kari Andren is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2856 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Add Kari Andren to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf: ‘Theatrics’ holding up budget
- Bucks County tells state: No budget, no tax payments
- Pennsylvania Senate defeats tax overhaul plan
- Western Pa. community colleges struggle for relevancy as enrollment falls
- Court says porn emails aren’t public records under Pennsylvania law
- Pa. Supreme Court’s tarnished rep tough on sole female justice
- Amish man runs Harrisburg marathon in his traditional clothing
- Philly traffic stop turns violent; trooper shot in shoulder