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The state of local retail 2020: Birmingham, AL.


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

2020 has been a challenge for local businesses across the U.S., and there's no question that local retailers in Birmingham 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 Birmingham retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 drop 25% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 10% of retailers in Birmingham 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 Birmingham make on an average day?

On a given day, retail shops in Birmingham brought in $886 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 13 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $68.23 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$886 13 $68.23
     

 

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

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

Fridays were particularly big, as 20% of all retail revenue in Birmingham came in on that day alone. On average, only 33% of retailers keep their doors open on Sundays in Birmingham, 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 Birmingham retail shops processing an average of 16 transactions per day.

 

 

Birmingham locals spend more per transaction on throughout the week, with Tuesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $71.13 per ticket. Still, average ticket price remains fairly consistent throughout the week except for 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 Birmingham make the most money?

Birmingham 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 Birmingham? Let's take a look.

 

Top 5 days for Birmingham retail businesses.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

12/23/19

12/20/19

Weekend before Christmas

11/29/19

Black Friday

12/21/19

Weekend before Christmas

3/1/19

Monday Friday Friday Saturday Friday

 

Birmingham 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 -78.60% 20% $740 -16.50% 9 -29.70% $80.99 18.70%
Super Bowl Sunday 357 -76.50% 32% $508 -42.70% 11 -17.20% $47.27 -30.70%
Valentine's Day 11 67.20% 91% $1,257 41.90% 16 19.70% $80.88 18.60%
St. Patrick's Day 346 -71.90% 34% $571 -35.50% 11 -14.10% $51.21 -24.90%
Easter Weekend 41 44.50% 94% $1,049 18.30% 17 29.60% $62.30 -8.70%
Easter Weekend 33 47.60% 82% $1,235 39.40% 20 50.50% $63.18 -7.40%
Easter Sunday 363 -87.90% 17% $484 -45.40% 12 -10.60% $41.68 -38.90%
Cinco de Mayo 333 -69.70% 38% $551 -37.80% 13 -0.70% $42.76 -37.30%
Mother's Day Weekend 8 72.80% 96% $1,228 38.60% 18 41.00% $67.06 -1.70%
Mother's Day Weekend 23 53.20% 80% $1,314 48.20% 21 59.80% $63.30 -7.20%
Mother's Day 349 -72.90% 32% $586 -33.90% 11 -16.60% $54.10 -20.70%
Memorial Day Weekend 49 37.40% 99% $951 7.30% 14 11.50% $65.64 -3.80%
Memorial Day Weekend 296 -22.00% 66% $801 -9.60% 14 9.90% $56.13 -17.70%
Memorial Day 344 -71.40% 32% $605 -31.80% 7 -44.50% $83.94 23.00%
Father's Day Weekend 45 39.50% 97% $985 11.10% 16 25.80% $60.25 -11.70%
Father's Day Weekend 131 12.90% 78% $984 11.00% 18 37.70% $55.00 -19.40%
Father's Day 340 -70.80% 29% $689 -22.20% 13 3.20% $51.39 -24.70%
9th of July 311 -54.70% 25% $1,237 39.60% 21 60.70% $59.27 -13.10%
Labor Day Weekend 13 65.80% 97% $1,170 32.10% 18 36.80% $65.87 -3.50%
Labor Day Weekend 189 2.90% 74% $945 6.60% 17 29.60% $56.15 -17.70%
Labor Day 315 -60.40% 36% $748 -15.60% 11 -12.00% $65.38 -4.20%
Halloween 172 5.90% 87% $833 -6.00% 11 -12.30% $73.14 7.20%
Thanksgiving Eve 64 29.90% 86% $1,029 16.10% 14 9.30% $72.46 6.20%
Thanksgiving 364 -92.90% 14% $337 -62.00% 7 -47.20% $49.09 -28.00%
Christmas Eve 36 46.50% 65% $1,536 73.30% 19 43.20% $82.58 21.00%
Christmas Day 365 -94.70% 5% $782 -11.80% 4 -67.00% $182.37 167.30%
New Year's Eve 244 -6.00% 72% $887 0.10% 14 5.70% $64.62 -5.30%

Methodology

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