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The state of local retail 2020: Indiana.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including Indiana. 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 Indiana 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 Indiana 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 Indiana retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 increase 1% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 17% of retailers in the state of Indiana 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 Indiana.

Indiana is the 29th-ranked state for average retail revenue in the United States, pulling in 12% less in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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

On a given day, retail shops in Indiana brought in $862 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 11 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $79.61 per ticket.

Sales revenue Transactions Ticket size
$862 11 $79.61
National Rank: 29 National Rank: 40 National Rank: 14

 

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

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

Fridays were particularly big, as 21% of all retail revenue in Indiana came in on that day alone. On average, only 33% of retailers keep their doors open on Sundays in Indiana, 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 Indiana retail businesses processing an average of 14 transactions per day.

 

 

Hoosiers spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Mondays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $86.24 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 Indiana make the most money?

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

May was the biggest month of the year overall for retail businesses in the Hoosier 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 3rd.

 

Top 5 days for Indiana 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 break was also big from a single-day perspective for retail shops in Michigan, accounting for the third biggest day of the year overall.

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Indiana 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 361 -80% 21% $639 -26% 9 -16% $70.21 -12%
Super Bowl Sunday 351 -73% 31% $601 -30% 10 -4% $57.67 -28%
Valentine's Day 13 62% 88% $1,255 46% 16 49% $78.01 -2%
St. Patrick's Day 318 -63% 33% $752 -13% 11 1% $69.15 -13%
Easter Weekend 10 66% 96% $1,169 36% 14 34% $80.76 2%
Easter Weekend 65 30% 82% $1,078 25% 15 39% $71.62 -10%
Easter Sunday 364 -90% 15% $428 -50% 9 -17% $47.46 -40%
Cinco de Mayo 314 -61% 38% $696 -19% 12 13% $57.12 -28%
Mother's Day Weekend 1 108% 99% $1,426 66% 18 62% $81.17 2%
Mother's Day Weekend 8 69% 88% $1,303 51% 19 72% $70.01 -12%
Mother's Day 327 -66% 35% $664 -23% 12 12% $54.68 -31%
Memorial Day Weekend 14 60% 100% $1,092 27% 13 25% $80.98 2%
Memorial Day Weekend 135 13% 80% $963 12% 15 37% $65.01 -18%
Memorial Day 322 -64% 32% $748 -13% 12 14% $60.43 -24%
Father's Day Weekend 31 47% 100% $996 16% 13 20% $76.87 -3%
Father's Day Weekend 138 13% 84% $908 5% 13 17% $71.58 -10%
Father's Day 328 -66% 34% $690 -20% 12 9% $58.27 -27%
19th of July 247 -5% 36% $1,768 105% 21 95% $83.88 5%
Labor Day Weekend 28 48% 97% $1,037 20% 13 22% $78.24 -2%
Labor Day Weekend 153 11% 76% $987 15% 14 30% $69.93 -12%
Labor Day 350 -72% 30% $646 -25% 11 2% $58.45 -27%
Halloween 265 -11% 83% $730 -15% 9 -21% $85.11 7%
Thanksgiving Eve 134 14% 84% $914 6% 11 5% $80.18 1%
Thanksgiving 363 -89% 11% $676 -22% 11 0% $62.59 -21%
Christmas Eve 296 -22% 59% $893 4% 12 6% $77.68 -2%
Christmas Day 365 -97% 6% $361 -58% 5 -58% $79.27 0%
New Year's Eve 304 -34% 67% $666 -23% 9 -18% $74.57 -6%

Methodology

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