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The state of local retail 2020: Baltimore, MD.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including Baltimore. 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 Baltimore retail businesses.

2020 has been a challenge for local businesses across the U.S., and there's no question that local retailers in Baltimore 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. According to our data, the average Baltimore retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 increase 21% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 16% of retailers in Baltimore that were transacting before the pandemic hit were 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.

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

On a given day, retail shops in Baltimore brought in $1,069 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 13 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $81.32 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$1,069 13 $81.32
     

 

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

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

Fridays were particularly big, as 18% of all retail revenue in Baltimore came in on that day alone. On the other hand, Sunday was the slowest day of the week for Baltimore 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 Baltimore retail businesses processing an average of 18 transactions per day.

 

 

Baltimore locals spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Mondays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $88.69 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $27.05 less than on Mondays.

 

 

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

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

 

Top 5 days for Baltimore retail businesses.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

12/20/19

Weekend before Christmas

12/14/19

12/21/19

Weekend before Christmas

11/29/19

Black Friday

6/14/19

Father's Day Weekend

Friday Saturday Saturday Friday Friday

 

Baltimore 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 362 -76.80% 27% $736 -31.20% 12 -11.40% $63.17 -22.30%
Super Bowl Sunday 354 -60.40% 44% $768 -28.20% 14 8.80% $53.67 -34.00%
Valentine's Day 10 58.10% 89% $1,521 42.30% 19 46.70% $78.90 -3.00%
St. Patrick's Day 338 -47.00% 47% $973 -8.90% 15 16.90% $63.35 -22.10%
Easter Weekend 27 36.50% 93% $1,267 18.60% 16 18.70% $81.24 -0.10%
Easter Weekend 24 37.80% 81% $1,460 36.60% 21 57.10% $70.72 -13.00%
Easter Sunday 361 -74.40% 30% $741 -30.60% 14 6.10% $53.14 -34.70%
Cinco de Mayo 315 -37.30% 54% $993 -7.10% 14 2.80% $73.52 -9.60%
Mother's Day Weekend 6 62.50% 100% $1,401 31.10% 16 24.50% $85.63 5.30%
Mother's Day Weekend 9 58.30% 86% $1,580 47.80% 24 82.00% $66.03 -18.80%
Mother's Day 331 -45.20% 54% $867 -18.90% 14 4.20% $63.29 -22.20%
Memorial Day Weekend 16 43.10% 98% $1,251 17.10% 14 6.70% $89.25 9.80%
Memorial Day Weekend 51 26.40% 79% $1,376 28.70% 19 40.90% $74.29 -8.60%
Memorial Day 320 -40.30% 43% $1,207 12.90% 16 21.10% $75.84 -6.70%
Father's Day Weekend 5 63.30% 100% $1,408 31.80% 16 23.20% $86.94 6.90%
Father's Day Weekend 113 14.60% 84% $1,179 10.30% 18 38.40% $64.78 -20.30%
Father's Day 327 -43.60% 51% $949 -11.20% 16 24.90% $57.79 -28.90%
8th of July 324 -42.20% 41% $1,221 14.20% 15 16.00% $80.02 -1.60%
Labor Day Weekend 12 52.20% 98% $1,337 25.00% 15 15.30% $88.18 8.40%
Labor Day Weekend 15 45.00% 77% $1,623 51.80% 20 55.80% $79.25 -2.50%
Labor Day 289 -19.70% 42% $1,651 54.40% 22 64.00% $76.56 -5.90%
Halloween 277 -14.30% 81% $912 -14.60% 10 -27.50% $95.78 17.80%
Thanksgiving Eve 85 19.80% 85% $1,211 13.20% 14 2.90% $89.50 10.10%
Thanksgiving 363 -88.50% 15% $677 -36.70% 10 -25.20% $68.85 -15.30%
Christmas Eve 18 42.00% 62% $1,964 83.70% 23 77.20% $84.33 3.70%
Christmas Day 365 -95.30% 8% $511 -52.20% 9 -34.30% $59.18 -27.20%
New Year's Eve 291 -20.60% 71% $964 -9.80% 14 3.30% $71.03 -12.70%

Methodology

Womply analyzed daily revenue for over 40,000 retail shops in all 50 states, including Baltimore, 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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