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Pennsylvania: Wine, Liquor Sales in PA Top $2.2 Billion Last Year

Pennsylvania: Wine, Liquor Sales in PA Top $2.2 Billion Last Year


Source: WNEP 16

by Bill Michlowski

December 8, 2015


The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board released its 2014-2015 fiscal year report Tuesday and sales were up once again.


Total sales of wine, spirits, and other items topped $2.2 billion. The time frame covered stretches from July of 2014 through June of this year.


Sales have gone up each of the last five years.


The total in sales is about $95 million more than the year before.


People bought slightly more spirits than wine in the state.


Spirit sales slightly higher than wine.


Vodka is by far the biggest seller among all products in Pennsylvania’s state stores.


Bourbon was the second-biggest seller in 2014-15.


The county-by-county breakdown of wine and liquor sales isn’t a surprise. They surround the commonwealth’s two biggest cities. Allegheny County, which contains Pittsburgh, tops the list. The other four counties at the top are all in the southeastern corner of the state: Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, and Chester Counties.


The top county for sales in our area is Luzerne County. Luzerne ranks twelfth out of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.


There are 619 state stores in the commonwealth. Two in State College are among the biggest in terms of sales, but the biggest in northeastern Pennsylvania, by far, is the store near Clarks Summit in Lackawanna County. The store along Northern Boulevard in South Abington Township is 29th best in revenue. The store in “the notch” brought in more than $10.2 million in sales in fiscal year 2014-2015.


To read the full report, click here. http://www.lcb.state.pa.us/cons/groups/externalaffairs/documents/form/003226.pdf