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The state of local retail 2020: Illinois.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including Illinois. 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 Illinois 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 Illinois 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 Illinois retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 drop 19% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 16% of retailers in the state of Illinois 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 Illinois.

Illinois is the 34th-ranked state for average retail revenue in the United States, pulling in 14% less in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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

On a given day, retail shops in Illinois brought in $837 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 11 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $76.50 per ticket.

Sales revenue Transactions Ticket size
$837 11 $76.50
National Rank: 34 National Rank: 39 National Rank: 28

 

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

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

Fridays were particularly big, as 18% of all retail revenue in Illinois came in on that day alone. On the other hand, Sunday was the slowest day of the week for Illinois 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 Illinois retail businesses processing an average of 14 transactions per day.

 

 

Illinoisans spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Tuesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $81.53 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $20.29 less than on Tuesdays.

 

 

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

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

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

 

Top 5 days for Illinois 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 from a single-day perspective for retail shops in Michigan, accounting for three top days as well.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

5/11/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/14/19

12/23/19

12/21/19

Weekend before Christmas

Friday Saturday Saturday Monday Saturday

 

Illinois 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 -76% 27% $608 -27% 10 -12% $63.17 -17%
Super Bowl Sunday 334 -53% 45% $708 -15% 11 2% $63.27 -17%
Valentine's Day 6 72% 88% $1,323 58% 18 69% $71.76 -6%
St. Patrick's Day 318 -44% 46% $822 -2% 12 14% $66.02 -14%
Easter Weekend 10 58% 96% $1,121 34% 15 34% $76.40 0%
Easter Weekend 17 47% 88% $1,135 36% 16 45% $71.53 -7%
Easter Sunday 363 -79% 25% $576 -31% 12 11% $47.36 -38%
Cinco de Mayo 304 -34% 51% $885 6% 14 27% $63.48 -17%
Mother's Day Weekend 1 108% 99% $1,435 71% 18 67% $78.56 3%
Mother's Day Weekend 2 96% 90% $1,475 76% 20 86% $72.36 -5%
Mother's Day 296 -25% 51% $1,005 20% 16 49% $61.80 -19%
Memorial Day Weekend 14 50% 100% $1,024 22% 13 15% $81.62 7%
Memorial Day Weekend 30 39% 86% $1,104 32% 16 44% $70.03 -9%
Memorial Day 351 -58% 40% $719 -14% 12 7% $61.27 -20%
Father's Day Weekend 12 53% 100% $1,040 24% 13 20% $79.09 3%
Father's Day Weekend 43 34% 89% $1,031 23% 15 36% $69.46 -9%
Father's Day 324 -46% 49% $747 -11% 13 16% $58.88 -23%
18th of July 359 -64% 33% $742 -11% 14 25% $54.33 -29%
Labor Day Weekend 38 35% 96% $959 15% 13 16% $75.61 -1%
Labor Day Weekend 46 32% 82% $1,101 32% 16 42% $70.74 -8%
Labor Day 328 -48% 40% $879 5% 14 27% $63.32 -17%
Halloween 300 -26% 81% $615 -27% 8 -26% $75.42 -1%
Thanksgiving Eve 75 24% 86% $979 17% 11 4% $85.67 12%
Thanksgiving 364 -82% 20% $606 -28% 12 6% $52.37 -32%
Christmas Eve 117 13% 63% $1,233 47% 15 40% $80.57 5%
Christmas Day 365 -94% 11% $386 -54% 9 -20% $43.86 -43%
New Year's Eve 293 -24% 71% $728 -13% 10 -5% $69.98 -9%

Methodology

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