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The state of local retail 2020: Idaho.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including Idaho. 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 Idaho 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 Idaho 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 Idaho retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 increase 40% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 19% of retailers in the state of Idaho 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 Idaho.

Idaho is the 35th-ranked state for average retail revenue in the United States, pulling in 16% less in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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

On a given day, retail shops in Idaho brought in $825 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 11 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $76.67 per ticket.

Sales revenue Transactions Ticket size
$825 11 $76.67
National Rank: 35 National Rank: 43 National Rank: 27

 

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

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

Fridays were particularly big, as 19% of all retail revenue in Idaho came in on that day alone. On average, only 29% of retailers keep their doors open on Sundays in Idaho, 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 Idaho retail businesses processing an average of 13 transactions per day.

 

 

Idahoans spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Tuesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $81.84 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 Idaho make the most money?

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

May was the biggest month of the year overall for retail businesses in the Gem State, no doubt thanks to a huge lift from Mother's Day Weekend. The week leading up to the holiday was the biggest week of the year, and the week before that was the 8th.

 

Top 5 days for Idaho 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 two top days as well.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/23/19

12/20/19

Weekend before Christmas

6/28/19

5/11/19

Mother's Day Weekend

Friday Monday Friday Friday Saturday

 

Idaho 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 -87% 18% $469 -43% 7 -39% $71.73 -6%
Super Bowl Sunday 356 -80% 25% $508 -38% 9 -17% $56.69 -26%
Valentine's Day 7 59% 83% $1,223 48% 17 56% $73.01 -5%
St. Patrick's Day 336 -75% 26% $615 -25% 11 -2% $58.55 -24%
Easter Weekend 41 38% 93% $946 15% 13 19% $73.90 -4%
Easter Weekend 203 4% 75% $878 6% 14 27% $64.40 -16%
Easter Sunday 363 -91% 18% $320 -61% 9 -15% $35.04 -54%
Cinco de Mayo 317 -67% 29% $728 -12% 13 19% $56.70 -26%
Mother's Day Weekend 1 109% 96% $1,384 68% 18 66% $77.39 1%
Mother's Day Weekend 5 61% 80% $1,273 54% 20 86% $63.59 -17%
Mother's Day 312 -63% 32% $750 -9% 15 39% $50.16 -35%
Memorial Day Weekend 23 45% 98% $940 14% 12 14% $76.56 0%
Memorial Day Weekend 201 4% 74% $891 8% 14 26% $65.95 -14%
Memorial Day 309 -54% 37% $781 -5% 13 17% $62.22 -19%
Father's Day Weekend 9 56% 98% $1,011 23% 13 22% $76.83 0%
Father's Day Weekend 242 -5% 79% $763 -8% 13 24% $57.33 -25%
Father's Day 321 -67% 33% $632 -23% 12 7% $54.87 -28%
17th of July 324 -70% 28% $677 -18% 15 40% $45.00 -41%
Labor Day Weekend 21 46% 95% $970 18% 12 11% $81.51 6%
Labor Day Weekend 282 -15% 69% $780 -5% 13 18% $61.59 -20%
Labor Day 316 -64% 37% $622 -25% 11 6% $54.69 -29%
Halloween 272 -14% 86% $638 -23% 9 -18% $71.94 -6%
Thanksgiving Eve 156 12% 86% $826 0% 10 -3% $78.97 3%
Thanksgiving 364 -93% 15% $290 -65% 5 -58% $64.41 -16%
Christmas Eve 56 34% 70% $1,214 47% 13 18% $95.39 24%
Christmas Day 365 -98% 6% $199 -76% 3 -68% $57.15 -26%
New Year's Eve 226 0% 75% $847 3% 10 -11% $88.74 16%

Methodology

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