Graph Writing # 11 - Sales at a small restaurant in a downtown business district

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Table:

» You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table below shows the sales at a small restaurant in a downtown business district.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

» You should write at least 150 words.

                                             Sales: week of October 7-13


























Sample Answer 1:
The table data represents information on sales of a downtown small restaurant of a typical October week starting from the 7th October till 13th October. As is presented, the restaurant's earning from dinner is far higher than the earning from lunch except for the weekend - Sunday.

On Monday, the beginning of the week, the restaurant sells lunch of 24 hundred dollars compared to the sale amount of dinner of 3623 dollars. The sells of dinner compared to lunch is significantly higher than the sell of lunch for the six days of the mentioned week except for the Sunday. The sale of lunch on Tuesday remains almost same as it is on Monday but the dinner sells increase by almost 200 dollars. The earning from the dinner is lowest on Saturday and it is less than 3000 dollar. In the weekend the lunches bring an amount of 1550 dollar compared to 2450 dollar of dinner.

The restaurant earns about 15 thousand dollars a week by selling the lunch and on the contrary, earns about 22 thousand dollars by selling dinner.

(Approximately 178 words)

Model Answer 2:
The provided table gives data on the sales of a small restaurant for the second week of October month. As is observed from the given presentation, the sales volume of dinner is higher than the lunch sales volume throughout the whole week except Sunday and people spend more money for lunch and dinner to the restaurant on Friday.

As is presented in the comparison table, the sale amount of the restaurant in lunch time is around $ 2300 to $ 2600 from Monday to Friday. Their sales volume of dinner for the same days of the week is between $3400 and $4400. But on Saturday and Sunday, a different trend is observed when the sales volume drops compared to other days of the week and this is possibly because of the days off. On Sunday the sales volume of lunch decreases to $ 1,550 and dinner to $ 2,450 which are the least amounts they sale in the week. Interestingly the dinner sales volume on Sunday night drops to only $ 2045 which is almost 2 times less than the amount they sell on Friday night.

In summary, the restaurant sales more for dinner than the lunch and people tend to eat less in restaurants on Saturday and Sunday.


Model Answer 3:
The table shows daily sales at a restaurant in the downtown business district during an October week. The data is split into two parts, first being sale generated for lunch and second for dinner.

At the onset, the sale revenue generated during dinner is more than that of lunch and sales amount during weekends is lower when compared to average revenue earned during a typical weekday.

The week starts on Monday with revenue of 2400 dollars for the lunch and 3623 for dinner which is more than 50% of revenue realised during the lunchtime. During lunch hours the revenue seems to be showing an increasing trend and reached its peak on Wednesday with $2595. It crashed from there to $2375 on Thursday but regain momentum on Friday with a closing figure of $2500.

On the other hand revenue during lunch hours seems to be dwindling throughout the week. Showing an increase on Tuesday and then a fall on Wednesday. But it closed its week with the highest revenue of $4350 on Friday. Weekends tells a different story altogether, revenue which was hovering around $2400 for lunch and around $3600 for dinner, crashed to its lowest point on Sunday with disappointing figures of $1550 & $2450 for lunch and dinner respectively.

[Written by - Bhupender Bhakuni]


Sample Answer 4:
The provided table represents information on sales of a small city centre restaurant in a typical October week starting from the 7th October and ending on 13th October. It is immediately apparent that sale during the dinner time is much higher than lunch, also, the sale during the weekend is much lower as compared to weekdays.

In details, the sale amount for lunch during the weekdays (Monday to Friday) ranges between 2400 to 2500 dollars, however, the sale on Saturday and Sunday fall much beyond that range at 1950 and 1550 dollars respectively. On Monday, the restaurant sells lunch for 2400 dollars and the sale reaches the peak of 2595 on Wednesday. The sale then falls down a bit on Thursday and recover back to 2500 level on Friday.

For dinner sales in this restaurant, the sale is much higher the whole week compared to the lunch sale. Nevertheless, comparing weekdays and weekend sales, the pattern is similar as it is for lunch sales. If we look at weekday sales trend, it is obvious that the sales are quite erratic. On Monday, the restaurant makes a sale of 3623 dollars from dinner and on Tuesday it goes up a bit but on Wednesday. It touches the lowest level of the weekday at 3445 dollars then it recovers and reaches a peak of 4350 dollars on Friday.

[Written by - Tarun]


Model Answer 5:
The visual presentation of the table graph enumerated the business in a local restaurant of a downtown district in a week of October. The whole data has been calibrated in dollars. Overall, the restaurant's dinner sales amount was higher than that of lunch and sales during weekends was lower than that of a regular weekday.

As is shown in the illustration, in case of lunch sales, Wednesday sales exhibit a higher figure (2595 dollars) than other weekdays. Whilst the restaurant's sale amount on Sunday was the least (1550 dollars). It is interesting to notice that the business in the first two days of the week (Monday and Tuesday) was almost the same, lunch sale accounted for roughly $2400 and dinner sale over $3600. But on Wednesday, dinner sale abruptly decreases to 3445 dollars while lunch generated a slightly more revenue than the previous days. On the 5th day of the week, lunch sales decreased but dinner sale increased. The restaurant's overall sales on Friday was the highest but sales amount on weekends were comparatively lower.

[Authored by - Aulakh]

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Sandeep Singh
In the first model answer, some of the lines are written in the past tense and some in present!
Throughout the week earnings from dinner remained higher than lunch. Why using Sunday as an exception when even on Sunday dinner provided more sale than lunch??
Haktan Adalı
Can someone explain to me why they used present tense rather than past tense in the sample answers? Is it also ok if we use past tense in our essay?
I can observe that Sunday is like any other day i.e. the expenses for lunch are less than those for dinner.
One should have spent more than 20 minutes to write model answers 3 (particularly) and 4.
Hi, I'm confused about the tenses. Why do they use present tense? October- was in the past? ._. Can someone help me?
Yea, it notifies the volume of sales.
Thanks for sharing this valuable resource for IELTS. It's very useful.
IELTS Mentor
'Sales Volume' means the quantity/amount/number of goods sold in the normal operations of a company in a specified period.
Hi, could you tell me what does the "the sales volume" mean?
Jyothis Jose
Hi, everyone. I like both the answers and both of them give us an idea on how to use comparisons as well as the exact usage of linking words in each and every paragraph.
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Both are nice answers for the IELTS writing task 1 "The sales at a small restaurant in a downtown business district."Looking forward for the recent IELTS writing task one questions with answers. Thanks, IELTS Mentor team for the best IELTS website.