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The state of local retail 2020: Connecticut.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including Connecticut. 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 Connecticut 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 Connecticut 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 Connecticut retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 increase 14% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 20% of retailers in the state of Connecticut 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 Connecticut.

Connecticut is the 23rd-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 Connecticut make on an average day?

On a given day, retail shops in Connecticut brought in $986 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 11 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $89.61 per ticket.

Sales revenue Transactions Ticket size
$986 11 $89.61
National Rank: 23 National Rank: 38 National Rank: 2

 

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

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

Saturdays were particularly big, as 18% of all retail revenue in Connecticut came in on that day alone. On the other hand, Sunday was the slowest day of the week for Connecticut retail shops, with 7% of revenue coming in on that day.

 

 

Saturday was the busiest day of the week in terms of foot traffic, with Connecticut retail businesses processing an average of 14 transactions per day.

 

 

Connecticuters spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Mondays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $97.90 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $32.18 less than on Mondays.

 

 

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

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

May was the biggest month of the year overall for retail businesses in the Constitution 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 9th.

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 Connecticut retail businesses.

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

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

5/11/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/21/19

Weekend before Christmas

12/23/19

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/20/19

Weekend before Christmas

Saturday Saturday Monday Friday Friday

 

Connecticut 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 -78% 27% $632 -36% 8 -31% $83.66 -7%
Super Bowl Sunday 349 -58% 42% $782 -21% 12 6% $67.37 -25%
Valentine's Day 7 84% 81% $1,766 79% 21 95% $82.44 -8%
St. Patrick's Day 345 -56% 43% $806 -18% 12 13% $65.02 -27%
Easter Weekend 21 51% 94% $1,251 27% 15 38% $82.60 -8%
Easter Weekend 40 33% 87% $1,196 21% 15 39% $78.10 -13%
Easter Sunday 363 -87% 21% $477 -52% 11 -3% $44.69 -50%
Cinco de Mayo 328 -48% 51% $801 -19% 11 -2% $74.37 -17%
Mother's Day Weekend 4 107% 97% $1,669 69% 18 60% $94.76 6%
Mother's Day Weekend 1 136% 88% $2,081 111% 25 131% $81.96 -9%
Mother's Day 305 -30% 53% $1,017 3% 15 36% $67.99 -24%
Memorial Day Weekend 11 67% 98% $1,326 35% 14 26% $96.00 7%
Memorial Day Weekend 20 52% 86% $1,374 39% 17 57% $79.39 -11%
Memorial Day 335 -50% 42% $927 -6% 14 27% $66.40 -26%
Father's Day Weekend 17 56% 99% $1,231 25% 14 29% $86.81 -3%
Father's Day Weekend 24 45% 89% $1,261 28% 16 47% $77.88 -13%
Father's Day 323 -44% 52% $840 -15% 14 23% $61.97 -31%
11th of July 358 -67% 38% $679 -31% 12 12% $55.27 -38%
Labor Day Weekend 45 32% 96% $1,066 8% 12 10% $88.41 -1%
Labor Day Weekend 52 30% 83% $1,212 23% 15 35% $81.76 -9%
Labor Day 329 -48% 42% $967 -2% 13 16% $75.62 -16%
Halloween 252 -13% 84% $806 -18% 7 -32% $108.24 21%
Thanksgiving Eve 34 36% 87% $1,219 24% 14 28% $86.68 -3%
Thanksgiving 364 -91% 16% $435 -56% 10 -13% $45.24 -50%
Christmas Eve 9 79% 72% $1,943 97% 20 85% $95.23 6%
Christmas Day 365 -94% 6% $873 -12% 15 33% $59.69 -33%
New Year's Eve 255 -14% 75% $896 -9% 11 -4% $84.77 -5%

Methodology

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