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The state of local retail 2020: Georgia.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including Georgia. 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 Georgia 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 Georgia 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 Georgia retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 drop 7% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 37% of retailers in the state of Georgia 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 Georgia.

Georgia is the 16th-ranked state for average retail revenue in the United States, pulling in 5% more in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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

On a given day, retail shops in Georgia brought in $1,029 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 14 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $74.96 per ticket.

Sales revenue Transactions Ticket size
$1,029 14 $74.96
National Rank: 16 National Rank: 12 National Rank: 30

 

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

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

Fridays were particularly big, as 19% of all retail revenue in Georgia came in on that day alone. On average, only 32% of retailers keep their doors open on Sundays in Georgia, 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 Georgia retail businesses processing an average of 18 transactions per day.

 

 

Georgians spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Tuesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $81.03 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on 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 Georgia make the most money?

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

May was the biggest month of the year overall for retail businesses in the Peach 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 6th.

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 Georgia retail businesses.

Spring break was responsible for the single-biggest day of the year for local retail businesses in Michigan. Mother's Day was also big for retail businesses in Michigan, accounting for the second biggest day of the year.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

3/1/19

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

11/29/19

Black Friday

12/23/19

12/20/19

Weekend before Christmas

Friday Friday Friday Monday Friday

 

Georgia 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 -75% 24% $857 -17% 15 12% $55.96 -25%
Super Bowl Sunday 342 -68% 31% $850 -17% 16 17% $53.08 -29%
Valentine's Day 9 56% 90% $1,418 38% 18 28% $80.44 7%
St. Patrick's Day 318 -61% 33% $970 -6% 17 27% $55.78 -26%
Easter Weekend 42 33% 92% $1,179 15% 16 14% $75.25 0%
Easter Weekend 48 31% 80% $1,339 30% 19 39% $70.09 -7%
Easter Sunday 364 -84% 17% $751 -27% 15 7% $51.04 -32%
Cinco de Mayo 330 -65% 34% $839 -19% 16 17% $52.48 -30%
Mother's Day Weekend 2 71% 97% $1,433 39% 19 38% $75.85 1%
Mother's Day Weekend 11 54% 84% $1,501 46% 21 52% $71.96 -4%
Mother's Day 350 -70% 33% $766 -26% 14 4% $53.52 -29%
Memorial Day Weekend 13 52% 98% $1,268 23% 16 18% $78.24 4%
Memorial Day Weekend 141 11% 77% $1,187 15% 18 28% $67.68 -10%
Memorial Day 312 -53% 40% $958 -7% 14 -1% $70.09 -7%
Father's Day Weekend 21 42% 99% $1,167 13% 16 17% $72.97 -3%
Father's Day Weekend 68 25% 83% $1,218 18% 18 30% $68.09 -9%
Father's Day 339 -67% 32% $835 -19% 16 17% $52.03 -31%
14th of July 316 -61% 31% $1,039 1% 18 30% $58.42 -22%
Labor Day Weekend 26 41% 98% $1,176 14% 16 20% $71.62 -5%
Labor Day Weekend 89 19% 77% $1,266 23% 19 40% $65.75 -12%
Labor Day 310 -50% 38% $1,060 3% 15 8% $71.38 -5%
Halloween 224 1% 88% $943 -8% 12 -12% $78.31 5%
Thanksgiving Eve 77 22% 85% $1,169 14% 15 10% $77.40 3%
Thanksgiving 363 -82% 14% $1,030 0% 14 1% $74.67 0%
Christmas Eve 152 10% 59% $1,511 47% 18 31% $83.72 12%
Christmas Day 365 -97% 5% $566 -45% 6 -59% $99.81 33%
New Year's Eve 286 -9% 74% $1,005 -2% 14 4% $70.73 -6%

Methodology

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