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Gross sales report

Beta disclaimer: At this time, Advanced Insights is available in public beta for Lightspeed Restaurant customers in North America. If you meet this criterion and want to help test this feature, contact your Sales Account Manager or Lightspeed Support.

The Gross sales tab gives you an overview of gross sales for a specified time period. This is a customizable report. Your data can be displayed by day or week for a single location or all locations.

Table of contents

Accessing the Gross sales report

Advanced Insights organizes your gross sales data in a graph and table. To get started, choose your location and time frame.

  1. Sign in to your Advanced Insights dashboard.
  2. In the main navigation menu, click Sales. On the Sales page, select the Gross sales tab.
  3. At the top of the navigation menu, click the Location drop-down and select whether to run the report for a particular location or All locations.
  4. By default, the report displays data for the last 28 days. To choose a different time frame, click the calendar drop-down in the upper right corner. Optionally, click Custom to specify the time period using a calendar, but you cannot select a date range longer than three months.

Filtering the report

After running the report, you can filter your data or compare it for two different time periods.

  1. To filter your results, use the View by drop-down and select Day or Week.
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  2. To compare two time periods, use the Compare to drop-down and select from Previous period, Previous year, or Daily averages.
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For a description of each comparison type, see the table below.

Comparison type descriptions

Comparison type Description
Previous period Compares the selected time period with the prior time period. For example, if you are viewing sales for the last 14 days, the report compares these sales to sales from the 14 days prior.
Previous year Compares the selected time period with the same time period from the previous year. For example, if you are viewing sales for June 22, 2022, the report compares these sales to sales for June 22, 2021.
Daily averages Calculated by taking the average values for that specific day of the week, using all historical data up to that point. For example, the daily average for Friday, May 20, 2022, is calculated from the sales for all Fridays until the 20th.

Understanding the Gross sales graph

The Gross Sales graph is a visual representation of your gross sales data. Hover over the graph for a detailed breakdown of your daily or weekly sales. The breakdown organizes your data in Gross sales, Tax, Guest checks, Average check, and Covers. If you are comparing the amounts to another period of time, the breakdown also shows the percentage increase or decrease in net sales. For a description of metrics unique to the breakdown, see the table below.
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Gross sales metrics

Metrics Description
Gross sales The total item sales, including taxes and discounts, minus gift cards, voids, and gratuity.
Tax The total sales tax.
Guest checks The total number of guest checks closed during the specified time period.
Average check The average check total for gross sales. This is calculated by dividing your gross sales by the total number of guest checks.
Covers The total number of customers on a ticket (or check). For example, a table of five customers counts as five covers.
Weather If you are viewing by day, the gross sales breakdown includes that day’s weather. The weather types are sunny, partially cloudy, cloudy, rainy, and snowy.

Understanding the Gross sales table

The Gross sales table can be filtered by day or week and by location for a specified period of time. If you are comparing time periods, the table also displays the percentage increase (in green) or decrease (in red) in gross sales. For a description of each column, see the table below.

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Gross sales columns

Column Description
Date or Location When viewing gross sales data for a single location, the table organizes your data by days or weeks for the specified time period. If you select all locations, the table lists the gross sales totals for each location.
Gross sales The total gross sales of items after taxes and discounts.
Guest checks The total number of checks closed during a given day or week, or at a specific location.
Average check The average check amount. This is calculated by dividing the total Gross sales by the total number of guest checks for that day, week, or location.
Covers The total number of customers on a ticket (or check). For example, a table of five customers counts as five covers.

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