Phoenix restaurant sales up in April

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By: Brandon Brown

 

April was a good month for Phoenix restaurants.

Phoenix had the third highest increase in year over year restaurant sales in the nation, according to a report published byApplied Predictive Technologies, a company that tracks restaurant and retail sales.

Phoenix restaurants saw sales increase in April by 5.8 percent compared to the sales the previous year. That is higher than the national average, which saw sales increase by 3.6 percent.

“(Quick service restaurants) sales have increased more than 5 percent for several months, starting in Q4 2014 and continuing through April of this year,” APT President and COO Patrick O’Reilly said in a statement. “At the same time, (full-service restaurants) sales are seeing positive sales comps even as new fast-casual players gain share. We’ve seen many full-service restaurants agilely testing new initiatives to surprise and delight their guests.”

The APT report showed that three things drove the sales increase across the nation: larger check sizes, which grew by 3.4 percent overall and that saw a 5.9 percent increase at quick service restaurants and a 2.3 percent increase at full service restaurants.

Five major cities with largest April restaurant sales increase

  • Riverside, California – 6.3 percent
  • Minneapolis – 5.1 percent
  • Phoenix – 5.8 percent
  • Denver – 4.9 percent
  • San Francisco – 4.7 percent