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We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2018 calendar year at over 52,000 small, local retail shops across the United States, including Alaska. The result is a comprehensive look at when local retail shops of all kinds do the most business, when they sell the most items, and when customers spend a little extra when out shopping.

What we learned about local retail sales in Alaska

Alaska is the 1st-ranked state for average retail revenue in the United States, pulling in 45% more in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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How much do retail shops in Alaska make on an average day?

On a given day, retail shops in Alaska brought in $1,394 in revenue. The average retail business also processed about 17 transactions each day while seeing customers spend an average of $82.78 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$1,394 17 $82.78
National Rank: 1 National Rank: 3 National Rank: 7

 

What days of the week are retail shops in Alaska busiest?

Fridays and Saturdays are busy at retail shops across the country, and things were no different for Alaska retail businesses.

 

 

Fridays were particularly big, as 18% of all retail revenue in Alaska came in on that day alone. On the other hand, Sunday was the slowest day of the week for Alaska retail shops, with 8% of revenue coming in on that day.

 

Saturday was the busiest day of the week in terms of foot traffic, with Alaska retail businesses processing an average of 22 transactions per day.

 

Alaskans spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Fridays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $88.17 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $22.53 less than on Fridays.

 

What time of year do retail shops in Alaska make the most money?

Alaskans clearly love to shop regardless of the season, but what does the average year look like from week to week at retail shops in Alaska? Let's take a look.

Back to school shopping appears to really move the needle for local retailers in the Last Frontier. August was the biggest month of the year overall, and 4 of the top 10 shopping weeks of the year fall during late August and early September.

While August may have been the biggest month of the year overall, the holiday shopping season was responsible for the single-biggest week of the year for Alaska retailers: December 16th through the 22nd.

 

Top 5 days for Alaska retail businesses

The holiday shopping season was responsible for the biggest day of the year, and a total of three of the top five days of the year overall. Back to school shopping season was also big from a single-day perspective for retailers in Alaska, accounting for two top days as well.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

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Weekend before Christmas

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12/21/18

Weekend before Christmas

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Alaska retail shops on prominent days

Retail shops look to events and holidays to generate big sales for their business. Here’s how prominent days rank compared to the average day.

  Day rank based on total sales How much did retail shops that were open make?
Day Day Rank Total rev vs avg % of retail shops open Avg rev Rev vs avg Avg txns Txns vs avg Avg ticket Ticket vs avg
New Year's Day 362 -85% 20% $789 -43% 10 -38% $75.36 -9%
Martin Luther King Jr. Day 306 -34% 65% $1089 -22% 12 -29% $90.88 10%
Day before Valentine's Day 84 23% 83% $1595 14% 17 1% $94.1 14%
Valentine's Day 93 22% 80% $1632 17% 19 14% $85.13 3%
President's Day 290 -27% 72% $1081 -22% 12 -27% $87.62 6%
St. Patrick's Day 63 31% 76% $1838 32% 21 27% $85.59 3%
Friday before Easter 47 36% 84% $1727 46% 23 37% $87.79 6%
Saturday before Easter 25 47% 77% $2030 -71% 6 -66% $71.68 -13%
Easter Sunday 364 -91% 24% $1,641 18% 23 34% $72.86 -12%
Cinco de Mayo 77 27% 83% $1,697 22% 23 35% $74.49 -10%
Friday before Mother's Day 24 48% 93% $1,937 39% 26 52% $75.74 -9%
Saturday before Mother's Day 21 52% 84% $995 -29% 17 0% $59.31 -28%
Mother's Day 332 -49% 55% $1,352 -3% 18 9% $73.67 -11%
Friday before Memorial Day 135 13% 89% $1,433 3% 19 12% $75.85 -8%
Saturday before Memorial Day 180 2% 76% $1,055 -24% 17 3% $60.73 -27%
Memorial Day 326 -46% 55% $1,620 16% 21 24% $77.4 -7%
Friday before Father's Day 35 40% 96% $1,145 -18% 20 19% $57.12 -31%
Saturday before Father's Day 48 35% 89% $968 -31% 17 -2% $58.48 -29%
Father's Day 308 -36% 60% $1,813 30% 20 17% $92.03 11%
4th of July 345 -57% 48% $1,894 36% 25 47% $76.54 -8%
Friday before Labor Day 15 58% 93% $1,373 -2% 24 41% $57.98 -30%
Saturday before Labor Day 109 18% 67% $1,600 15% 18 6% $89.22 8%
Labor Day 321 -42% 45% $880 -37% 15 -14% $60.6 -27%
Halloween 133 14% 76% $883 -37% 12 -29% $73.6 -11%
Veteran's Day 360 -73% 33% $2,723 95% 31 86% $86.98 5%
Thanksgiving 363 -89% 13% $2,239 61% 27 61% $82.72 0%
Black Friday 7 80% 71% $1,109 -20% 16 -2% $67.5 -18%
Small Business Saturday 59 31% 63% $1,074 -23% 12 -27% $87.82 6%
Sunday after Thanksgiving 347 -59% 40% $2,670 92% 32 91% $83.22 1%
Cyber Monday 299 -30% 69% $3,946 183% 45 164% $88.65 7%
Friday before Christmas 5 93% 77% $2,880 107% 40 136% $72.38 -13%
Saturday before Christmas 1 156% 69% $2,491 79% 32 89% $78.19 -6%
Sunday before Christmas 44 36% 51% $213 -85% 2 -86% $93.13 12%
Christmas Eve 14 58% 68% $1,046 -25% 16 -8% $67.18 -19%
Christmas Day 365 -98% 9% $213 -85% 2 -86% $93.13 12%
New Year's Eve 316 -39% 63% $1,046 -25% 16 -8% $67.18 -19%

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