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The state of local retail 2020: Colorado.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including Colorado. 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 Colorado 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 Colorado 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 Colorado retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 drop 10% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 22% of retailers in the state of Colorado 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 Colorado.

Colorado is the 17th-ranked state for average retail revenue in the United States, pulling in right around the national average in daily revenue on a given day.

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

On a given day, retail shops in Colorado brought in $1,026 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 13 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $78.13 per ticket.

Sales revenue Transactions Ticket size
$1,026 13 $78.13
National Rank: 17 National Rank: 19 National Rank: 22

 

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

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

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

 

 

Coloradans spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Tuesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $84.28 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $23.17 less than on Tuesdays.

 

 

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

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

The back to school shopping season was massive for retail businesses in the Centennial State. August was the biggest month of the year overall, and 2 of the top 10 weeks of the year fall during late August and early September.

While August 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 Colorado retail businesses.

The holidays was responsible for the biggest day of the year, and a total of three of the top five days of the year overall. Mother's Day was also big for local retail businesses in Michigan, accounting for two top days as well.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

12/23/19

12/21/19

Weekend before Christmas

12/20/19

Weekend before Christmas

5/11/19

Mother's Day Weekend

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

Monday Saturday Friday Saturday Friday

 

Colorado 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 361 -67% 29% $951 -7% 16 26% $57.73 -26%
Super Bowl Sunday 350 -51% 43% $934 -9% 12 -6% $76.02 -3%
Valentine's Day 40 31% 83% $1,289 26% 17 27% $77.29 -1%
St. Patrick's Day 330 -42% 47% $1,017 -1% 16 23% $62.91 -20%
Easter Weekend 25 36% 93% $1,202 17% 15 15% $79.55 2%
Easter Weekend 56 26% 82% $1,261 23% 19 43% $67.11 -14%
Easter Sunday 363 -76% 28% $700 -32% 12 -10% $59.40 -24%
Cinco de Mayo 329 -42% 50% $959 -7% 15 17% $62.64 -20%
Mother's Day Weekend 5 60% 94% $1,405 37% 16 24% $85.95 10%
Mother's Day Weekend 4 63% 84% $1,591 55% 22 64% $73.79 -6%
Mother's Day 305 -30% 53% $1,083 6% 17 31% $62.79 -20%
Memorial Day Weekend 21 39% 97% $1,178 15% 15 14% $78.41 0%
Memorial Day Weekend 37 32% 80% $1,354 32% 19 46% $70.58 -10%
Memorial Day 313 -38% 52% $994 -3% 16 19% $63.43 -19%
Father's Day Weekend 12 45% 99% $1,204 17% 16 23% $74.82 -4%
Father's Day Weekend 27 35% 86% $1,287 26% 18 37% $71.53 -9%
Father's Day 326 -42% 53% $901 -12% 15 15% $59.54 -24%
10th of July 348 -50% 48% $859 -16% 15 14% $57.28 -27%
Labor Day Weekend 8 51% 97% $1,281 25% 15 13% $86.21 10%
Labor Day Weekend 47 28% 83% $1,274 24% 18 39% $69.98 -10%
Labor Day 310 -36% 53% $1,000 -3% 14 10% $69.41 -11%
Halloween 276 -19% 86% $776 -24% 9 -29% $82.65 6%
Thanksgiving Eve 129 14% 84% $1,110 8% 13 -5% $88.81 14%
Thanksgiving 364 -87% 15% $707 -31% 9 -31% $78.04 0%
Christmas Eve 22 38% 72% $1,583 54% 19 47% $82.17 5%
Christmas Day 365 -94% 9% $558 -46% 7 -45% $76.61 -2%
New Year's Eve 205 1% 76% $1,102 7% 14 6% $79.18 1%

Methodology

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