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The state of local retail 2020: Hartford, CT.


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

2020 has been a challenge for local businesses across the U.S., and there's no question that local retailers in Hartford 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 Hartford retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 drop 28% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 18% of retailers in Hartford 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 Hartford make on an average day?

On a given day, retail shops in Hartford brought in $920 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 12 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $75.14 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$920 12 $75.14
     

 

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

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

Fridays were particularly big, as 18% of all retail revenue in Hartford came in on that day alone. On the other hand, Sunday was the slowest day of the week for Hartford 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 Hartford retail businesses processing an average of 15 transactions per day.

 

 

Hartford locals spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Mondays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $84.41 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $34.98 less than on Mondays.

 

 

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

Hartford 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 Hartford? Let's take a look.

 

Top 5 days for Hartford retail businesses.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

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Mother's Day Weekend

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Mother's Day Weekend

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Hartford 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 359 -71.10% 31% $667 -27.50% 8 -36.40% $85.68 14.00%
Super Bowl Sunday 355 -68.80% 39% $575 -37.50% 13 7.60% $43.64 -41.90%
Valentine's Day 7 80.10% 77% $1,683 82.90% 22 80.10% $76.31 1.60%
St. Patrick's Day 352 -65.40% 44% $567 -38.40% 13 4.60% $44.29 -41.10%
Easter Weekend 19 55.70% 94% $1,185 28.80% 16 34.70% $71.83 -4.40%
Easter Weekend 48 37.90% 85% $1,156 25.70% 15 25.50% $75.27 0.20%
Easter Sunday 363 -91.50% 21% $285 -69.10% 11 -13.50% $26.88 -64.20%
Cinco de Mayo 320 -45.90% 56% $688 -25.20% 11 -10.60% $62.84 -16.40%
Mother's Day Weekend 2 119.40% 94% $1,670 81.50% 21 67.50% $81.42 8.40%
Mother's Day Weekend 1 128.30% 87% $1,872 103.60% 27 118.30% $70.07 -6.70%
Mother's Day 317 -42.70% 53% $769 -16.40% 12 1.00% $62.22 -17.20%
Memorial Day Weekend 12 68.80% 96% $1,258 36.80% 16 31.60% $78.10 3.90%
Memorial Day Weekend 17 59.80% 82% $1,404 52.70% 20 64.10% $69.93 -6.90%
Memorial Day 300 -31.00% 42% $1,184 28.70% 18 49.70% $64.60 -14.00%
Father's Day Weekend 20 54.20% 97% $1,138 23.80% 16 31.80% $70.57 -6.10%
Father's Day Weekend 32 46.60% 91% $1,151 25.10% 17 41.10% $66.61 -11.30%
Father's Day 313 -38.80% 52% $837 -9.00% 15 20.40% $56.78 -24.40%
25th of July 356 -69.40% 42% $525 -43.00% 12 -4.10% $44.67 -40.50%
Labor Day Weekend 81 26.40% 95% $952 3.50% 14 14.00% $68.17 -9.30%
Labor Day Weekend 118 14.60% 83% $995 8.20% 15 20.90% $67.22 -10.50%
Labor Day 331 -53.70% 49% $683 -25.80% 12 -2.80% $57.39 -23.60%
Halloween 190 0.50% 84% $852 -7.30% 9 -28.90% $97.95 30.40%
Thanksgiving Eve 117 14.60% 85% $961 4.50% 14 16.90% $67.20 -10.60%
Thanksgiving 364 -94.10% 20% $207 -77.40% 7 -42.00% $29.24 -61.10%
Christmas Eve 147 8.80% 70% $1,116 21.30% 15 24.50% $73.22 -2.60%
Christmas Day 365 -98.80% 3% $292 -68.30% 32 158.70% $9.21 -87.70%
New Year's Eve 294 -28.30% 72% $715 -22.30% 11 -12.40% $66.62 -11.30%

Methodology

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