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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 North Carolina. 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 North Carolina

North Carolina is the 5th-ranked state for average retail revenue in the United States, pulling in 24% more in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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

On a given day, retail shops in North Carolina brought in $1,187 in revenue. The average retail business also processed about 15 transactions each day while seeing customers spend an average of $78.69 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$1,187 15 $78.69
National Rank: 5 National Rank: 8 National Rank: 14

 

What days of the week are retail shops in North Carolina busiest?

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

 

 

Saturdays were particularly big, as 19% of all retail revenue in North Carolina came in on that day alone. On average, only 36% of retailers keep their doors open on Sundays in North Carolina, making it easily the slowest day of the week overall.

 

Among transacting businesses, Saturday was the busiest day of the week in terms of foot traffic, with North Carolina retail businesses processing an average of 21 transactions per day.

 

North Carolinians spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Mondays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $84.65 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $21.26 less than on Mondays.

 

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

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

Back to school shopping appears to really move the needle for local retailers in the Tar Heel State. August was the biggest month of the year overall, and 3 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 North Carolina retailers: December 16th through the 22nd.

 

Top 5 days for North Carolina 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. Spring break was also big for local retail shops in North Carolina, accounting for the fourth biggest day of the year overall.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

11/23/18

Black Friday

12/22/18

Weekend before Christmas

12/21/18

Weekend before Christmas

2/24/18

5/12/18

Mother's Day Weekend

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North Carolina 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 360 -74% 28% $876 -26% 13 -15% $67.87 -14%
Martin Luther King Jr. Day 277 -16% 77% $1020 -14% 11 -24% $89.41 14%
Day before Valentine's Day 103 16% 88% $1239 4% 14 -5% $86.54 10%
Valentine's Day 91 19% 90% $1248 5% 15 2% $80.77 3%
President's Day 262 -10% 82% $1039 -12% 11 -24% $90.63 15%
St. Patrick's Day 21 44% 82% $1654 39% 22 43% $76.51 -3%
Friday before Easter 8 63% 90% $1697 62% 26 73% $73.98 -6%
Saturday before Easter 7 64% 80% $1927 -30% 15 2% $53.59 -32%
Easter Sunday 364 -84% 19% $1,595 34% 23 49% $70.87 -10%
Cinco de Mayo 22 44% 85% $1,554 31% 20 31% $78.76 0%
Friday before Mother's Day 9 63% 99% $1,864 57% 26 72% $71.62 -9%
Saturday before Mother's Day 5 71% 86% $1,158 -2% 19 25% $61.62 -22%
Mother's Day 332 -52% 39% $1,352 14% 17 10% $81.29 3%
Friday before Memorial Day 27 41% 98% $1,513 27% 21 40% $71.78 -9%
Saturday before Memorial Day 51 31% 81% $1,319 11% 17 14% $76.73 -2%
Memorial Day 294 -26% 53% $1,462 23% 21 40% $69.38 -12%
Friday before Father's Day 28 41% 99% $1,096 -8% 19 23% $59.09 -25%
Saturday before Father's Day 50 31% 85% $1,031 -13% 17 15% $59.2 -25%
Father's Day 343 -56% 38% $1,382 16% 18 17% $77.98 -1%
4th of July 339 -54% 42% $1,562 32% 23 52% $67.99 -14%
Friday before Labor Day 33 40% 95% $1,605 35% 21 41% $75.32 -4%
Saturday before Labor Day 59 29% 78% $1,041 -12% 13 -16% $82.56 5%
Labor Day 276 -16% 49% $1,212 2% 20 31% $61.25 -22%
Halloween 227 -4% 87% $1,343 13% 23 50% $59.27 -25%
Veteran's Day 336 -54% 36% $2,552 115% 33 119% $77.09 -2%
Thanksgiving 363 -78% 16% $1,593 34% 22 43% $73.79 -6%
Black Friday 1 99% 73% $1,090 -8% 18 19% $60.93 -23%
Small Business Saturday 83 22% 72% $1,112 -6% 13 -15% $87.09 11%
Sunday after Thanksgiving 345 -57% 37% $2,038 72% 24 60% $84.17 7%
Cyber Monday 228 -4% 82% $2,415 103% 31 106% $77.67 -1%
Friday before Christmas 3 90% 88% $2,130 79% 31 104% $69.27 -12%
Saturday before Christmas 2 94% 75% $1,787 50% 22 48% $80.15 2%
Sunday before Christmas 261 -10% 40% $476 -60% 9 -39% $51.8 -34%
Christmas Eve 116 15% 60% $1,096 -8% 15 0% $72.37 -8%
Christmas Day 365 -98% 5% $476 -60% 9 -39% $51.8 -34%
New Year's Eve 285 -22% 67% $1,096 -8% 15 0% $72.37 -8%

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