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The state of local retail 2020: Delaware.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including Delaware. 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 Delaware 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 Delaware 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 Delaware retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 drop 5% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 14% of retailers in the state of Delaware 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 Delaware.

Delaware is the 7th-ranked state for average retail revenue in the United States, pulling in 16% more in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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

On a given day, retail shops in Delaware brought in $1,136 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 15 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $77.09 per ticket.

Sales revenue Transactions Ticket size
$1,136 15 $77.09
National Rank: 7 National Rank: 6 National Rank: 24

 

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

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

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

 

 

Delawareans spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Tuesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $87.33 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $22.95 less than on Tuesdays.

 

 

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

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

May was the biggest month of the year overall for retail businesses in the First 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 17th.

 

Top 5 days for Delaware 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. Spring was also big for retail businesses in Michigan, accounting for three top days as well.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

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Mother's Day Weekend

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Memorial Day Weekend

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Memorial Day Weekend

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5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

Saturday Saturday Friday Saturday Friday

 

Delaware 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 358 -68% 28% $957 -16% 10 -33% $96.13 25%
Super Bowl Sunday 344 -51% 38% $1,094 -4% 14 -7% $79.92 4%
Valentine's Day 145 9% 71% $1,297 14% 19 27% $69.18 -10%
St. Patrick's Day 312 -34% 47% $1,192 5% 16 6% $76.60 -1%
Easter Weekend 66 31% 91% $1,223 8% 16 8% $76.58 -1%
Easter Weekend 22 51% 86% $1,473 30% 19 31% $76.13 -1%
Easter Sunday 363 -85% 23% $548 -52% 15 -1% $37.39 -52%
Cinco de Mayo 269 -23% 58% $1,122 -1% 14 -7% $81.72 6%
Mother's Day Weekend 5 73% 98% $1,483 31% 20 33% $75.44 -2%
Mother's Day Weekend 1 86% 87% $1,809 59% 24 60% $76.74 -1%
Mother's Day 321 -38% 52% $1,013 -11% 13 -14% $80.18 4%
Memorial Day Weekend 3 82% 96% $1,600 41% 23 59% $68.19 -12%
Memorial Day Weekend 2 84% 84% $1,844 62% 27 81% $69.01 -11%
Memorial Day 266 -23% 49% $1,338 18% 22 48% $61.56 -20%
Father's Day Weekend 12 59% 94% $1,423 25% 22 50% $64.48 -16%
Father's Day Weekend 37 42% 89% $1,353 19% 22 48% $62.22 -19%
Father's Day 325 -40% 52% $979 -14% 20 38% $48.25 -37%
12th of July 181 -1% 49% $1,689 49% 26 79% $63.86 -17%
Labor Day Weekend 13 58% 94% $1,424 25% 20 33% $72.63 -6%
Labor Day Weekend 9 64% 75% $1,831 61% 26 77% $70.09 -9%
Labor Day 252 -20% 39% $1,756 55% 22 47% $81.21 5%
Halloween 302 -31% 77% $762 -33% 9 -37% $82.34 7%
Thanksgiving Eve 262 -21% 77% $867 -24% 11 -25% $78.09 1%
Thanksgiving 362 -81% 15% $1,088 -4% 23 54% $47.95 -38%
Christmas Eve 237 -14% 58% $1,250 10% 15 1% $84.07 9%
Christmas Day 365 -96% 7% $515 -55% 21 43% $24.53 -68%
New Year's Eve 331 -45% 61% $760 -33% 11 -27% $70.93 -8%

Methodology

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