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The state of local retail 2020: Boston, MA.


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

2020 has been a challenge for local businesses across the U.S., and there's no question that local retailers in Boston 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 Boston retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 drop 3% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 22% of retailers in Boston 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 Boston make on an average day?

On a given day, retail shops in Boston brought in $1,063 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 12 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $90.75 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$1,063 12 $90.75
     

 

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

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

Fridays were particularly big, as 17% of all retail revenue in Boston came in on that day alone. On average, only 44% of retailers keep their doors open on Sundays in Boston, making it easily the slowest day of the week overall.

 

Among the businesses who did keep their doors open, Saturday was the busiest day of the week in terms of foot traffic, with Boston retail businesses processing an average of 16 transactions per day.

 

 

Boston locals spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Tuesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $104.36 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $40.68 less than on Tuesdays.

 

 

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

Boston 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 Boston? Let's take a look.

 

Top 5 days for Boston retail businesses.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

2/14/19

Valentine's Day

8/17/19

5/11/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/23/19

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

Thursday Saturday Saturday Monday Friday

 

Boston 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 363 -85.40% 22% $551 -48.20% 9 -22.70% $60.88 -32.90%
Super Bowl Sunday 354 -65.10% 38% $763 -28.20% 12 0.60% $64.72 -28.70%
Valentine's Day 1 119.90% 86% $2,143 101.60% 27 132.00% $78.87 -13.10%
St. Patrick's Day 348 -58.50% 40% $859 -19.20% 14 16.70% $62.84 -30.80%
Easter Weekend 22 35.40% 93% $1,215 14.30% 14 21.20% $85.60 -5.70%
Easter Weekend 33 31.30% 84% $1,303 22.60% 17 41.80% $78.49 -13.50%
Easter Sunday 361 -81.20% 27% $581 -45.40% 11 -4.90% $52.11 -42.60%
Cinco de Mayo 316 -46.10% 48% $929 -12.60% 13 9.30% $72.57 -20.00%
Mother's Day Weekend 5 90.90% 98% $1,635 53.80% 18 54.10% $90.58 -0.20%
Mother's Day Weekend 3 112.20% 85% $2,073 95.00% 26 121.60% $79.89 -12.00%
Mother's Day 288 -17.80% 58% $1,192 12.20% 19 61.60% $63.01 -30.60%
Memorial Day Weekend 26 33.10% 98% $1,135 6.80% 13 11.90% $86.55 -4.60%
Memorial Day Weekend 111 14.90% 81% $1,184 11.40% 17 48.20% $68.24 -24.80%
Memorial Day 321 -48.30% 46% $949 -10.80% 17 41.80% $57.11 -37.10%
Father's Day Weekend 12 54.20% 98% $1,314 23.60% 13 15.10% $97.48 7.40%
Father's Day Weekend 75 20.90% 85% $1,181 11.10% 16 38.40% $72.86 -19.70%
Father's Day 320 -48.30% 48% $892 -16.10% 13 12.50% $67.72 -25.40%
10th of July 360 -77.70% 30% $613 -42.30% 14 15.80% $45.20 -50.20%
Labor Day Weekend 96 17.90% 95% $1,038 -2.30% 13 8.10% $82.01 -9.60%
Labor Day Weekend 251 -6.70% 75% $1,033 -2.90% 15 30.60% $67.50 -25.60%
Labor Day 323 -48.60% 43% $1,008 -5.20% 16 39.60% $61.64 -32.10%
Halloween 260 -9.40% 84% $897 -15.60% 10 -12.90% $87.94 -3.10%
Thanksgiving Eve 70 21.20% 86% $1,178 10.90% 14 22.10% $82.43 -9.20%
Thanksgiving 364 -90.20% 17% $497 -53.20% 9 -25.70% $57.14 -37.00%
Christmas Eve 17 45.20% 68% $1,787 68.10% 19 65.80% $92.03 1.40%
Christmas Day 365 -95.00% 6% $644 -39.40% 21 82.80% $30.08 -66.90%
New Year's Eve 303 -24.30% 72% $875 -17.70% 9 -19.70% $93.05 2.50%

Methodology

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