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The state of local retail 2020: Arkansas.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including Arkansas. The result is a comprehensive look at when local retail businesses make the most money, when they process the most transactions, and when customers tend to spend a little extra when they're out shopping.

The impact of COVID-19 on Arkansas retail businesses.

2020 has been a challenge for local businesses across the U.S., and there's no question that local retailers across the state of Arkansas have faced unprecidented challenges all year.

So before we take a look back at 2019, it's important to keep in mind the impact that COVID-19 has had on local retailers across the state. According to our data, the average Arkansas retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 increase 1% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 13% of retailers in the state of Arkansas that were transacting before the pandemic hit are closed as of the last week of October.

Our research has shown that some types of retail businesses have fared quite well during the pandemic (sporting goods stores, home improvement stores, etc.), while others (clothing stores, book stores, etc.) have struggled. Whether a local retail business has struggled or thrived through 2020, this report gives insight on which days and months will be extra important for retailers in this unpredictable year.

What we learned about local retail sales in Arkansas.

Arkansas is the 50th-ranked state for average retail revenue in the United States, pulling in 37% less in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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

On a given day, retail shops in Arkansas brought in $621 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 9 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $65.97 per ticket.

Sales revenue Transactions Ticket size
$621 9 $65.97
National Rank: 50 National Rank: 50 National Rank: 41

 

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

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

Fridays were particularly big, as 21% of all retail revenue in Arkansas came in on that day alone. On average, only 27% of retailers keep their doors open on Sundays in Arkansas, making it easily the slowest day of the week overall.

 

 

Among the businesses who did keep their doors open, Fridays and Saturdays were the biggest days of the week in terms of foot traffic, with Arkansas retail shops processing an average of 11 transactions per day.

 

 

Arkansans spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Mondays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $69.23 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when lower-ticket-item shops are perhaps more likely to remain open than higher-end boutiques.

 

 

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

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

May was the biggest month of the year overall for retail businesses in the Natural State, no doubt thanks to a huge lift from Mother's Day Weekend. The week leading up to the holiday was the 2nd biggest week of the year, and the week before that was the 6th.

While May may have been the biggest month of the year overall, the holidays was responsible for the single-biggest week of the year for Michigan restaurants: December 16th through the 22nd.

 

Top 5 days for Arkansas retail businesses.

Mother's Day was responsible for the single-biggest day of the year for local retail businesses in Michigan. The holidays was also big for retail businesses in Michigan, accounting for two top days as well.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/23/19

2/14/19

Valentine's Day

12/20/19

Weekend before Christmas

2/13/19

Day before Valentine's Day

Friday Monday Thursday Friday Wednesday

 

Arkansas 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 restaurants that were open make?
Day Day Rank Total rev vs avg % of restaurants open Avg rev Rev vs avg Avg txns Txns vs avg Avg ticket Ticket vs avg
New Year's Day 360 -85% 19% $388 -37% 5 -48% $78.56 19%
Super Bowl Sunday 359 -84% 21% $354 -43% 7 -25% $50.00 -24%
Valentine's Day 3 102% 84% $1,136 83% 17 80% $66.93 2%
St. Patrick's Day 343 -80% 22% $438 -29% 9 -9% $51.41 -22%
Easter Weekend 13 64% 96% $812 31% 12 29% $66.83 1%
Easter Weekend 76 25% 77% $765 23% 12 27% $63.95 -3%
Easter Sunday 363 -92% 11% $328 -47% 7 -23% $45.44 -31%
Cinco de Mayo 347 -80% 27% $339 -45% 7 -24% $47.26 -28%
Mother's Day Weekend 1 123% 97% $1,084 75% 16 70% $67.67 3%
Mother's Day Weekend 11 66% 86% $918 48% 14 46% $66.98 2%
Mother's Day 336 -78% 26% $408 -34% 8 -10% $48.38 -27%
Memorial Day Weekend 16 59% 99% $762 23% 12 25% $64.58 -2%
Memorial Day Weekend 179 7% 76% $671 8% 12 23% $58.03 -12%
Memorial Day 310 -67% 34% $458 -26% 9 -4% $50.80 -23%
Father's Day Weekend 30 48% 98% $717 16% 12 28% $59.40 -10%
Father's Day Weekend 186 6% 81% $620 0% 11 16% $56.95 -14%
Father's Day 312 -69% 28% $525 -15% 9 -5% $58.58 -11%
7th of July 308 -54% 32% $678 9% 12 32% $54.61 -17%
Labor Day Weekend 23 54% 96% $759 22% 13 35% $59.69 -10%
Labor Day Weekend 146 12% 72% $735 18% 13 39% $56.10 -15%
Labor Day 311 -68% 33% $464 -25% 9 -2% $50.15 -24%
Halloween 230 0% 86% $550 -11% 9 -9% $64.57 -2%
Thanksgiving Eve 63 31% 80% $778 25% 12 25% $66.36 1%
Thanksgiving 364 -93% 8% $397 -36% 5 -51% $86.19 31%
Christmas Eve 86 21% 64% $896 44% 11 17% $81.67 24%
Christmas Day 365 -99% 3% $172 -72% 3 -64% $50.08 -24%
New Year's Eve 218 2% 77% $630 2% 10 7% $62.58 -5%

Methodology

Womply analyzed daily revenue for over 40,000 retail shops in all 50 states, including Arkansas, as well as the District of Columbia for all 365 days of the 2019 calendar year. Retail businesses were only included in the analysis if they qualified as small businesses, Womply had a full year of transaction history, and the business recorded multiple transactions per day, on average.

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