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The state of local retail 2020: Maine.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including Maine. 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 Maine 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 Maine 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 Maine retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 increase 4% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 12% of retailers in the state of Maine 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 Maine.

Maine is the 36th-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 Maine make on an average day?

On a given day, retail shops in Maine brought in $821 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 12 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $65.81 per ticket.

Sales revenue Transactions Ticket size
$821 12 $65.81
National Rank: 36 National Rank: 24 National Rank: 43

 

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

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

Fridays were particularly big, as 18% of all retail revenue in Maine came in on that day alone. On average, only 42% of retailers keep their doors open on Sundays in Maine, 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 Maine retail businesses processing an average of 16 transactions per day.

 

 

Mainers spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Tuesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $71.96 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $21.99 less than on Tuesdays.

 

 

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

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

The back to school shopping season was massive for retail businesses in the Pine Tree State. August was the biggest month of the year overall, and 4 of the top 10 weeks of the year fall during late August and early September.

While August 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 Maine 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 three top days as well.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

5/11/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/23/19

12/21/19

Weekend before Christmas

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/14/19

Saturday Monday Saturday Friday Saturday

 

Maine 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 -87% 20% $407 -50% 9 -30% $46.89 -29%
Super Bowl Sunday 356 -72% 32% $529 -36% 11 -12% $48.28 -27%
Valentine's Day 6 82% 78% $1,428 74% 22 79% $64.10 -3%
St. Patrick's Day 345 -63% 38% $605 -26% 11 -12% $55.34 -16%
Easter Weekend 118 22% 89% $841 2% 13 6% $63.44 -4%
Easter Weekend 183 2% 84% $748 -9% 14 9% $54.86 -17%
Easter Sunday 363 -94% 14% $279 -66% 8 -37% $35.17 -47%
Cinco de Mayo 351 -67% 35% $578 -30% 11 -8% $50.29 -24%
Mother's Day Weekend 4 93% 94% $1,253 53% 17 39% $72.16 10%
Mother's Day Weekend 1 120% 87% $1,549 89% 25 100% $62.04 -6%
Mother's Day 297 -38% 49% $768 -7% 16 31% $47.16 -28%
Memorial Day Weekend 67 36% 95% $879 7% 14 14% $62.10 -6%
Memorial Day Weekend 29 51% 83% $1,118 36% 20 57% $57.10 -13%
Memorial Day 268 -28% 46% $962 17% 19 53% $50.49 -23%
Father's Day Weekend 15 62% 96% $1,031 26% 15 20% $68.73 4%
Father's Day Weekend 74 34% 91% $900 10% 16 29% $55.87 -15%
Father's Day 284 -33% 50% $826 1% 15 22% $54.49 -17%
25th of July 341 -56% 33% $810 -1% 22 79% $36.25 -45%
Labor Day Weekend 9 73% 96% $1,101 34% 16 26% $69.98 6%
Labor Day Weekend 47 43% 78% $1,120 36% 19 51% $59.61 -9%
Labor Day 271 -28% 48% $926 13% 19 51% $49.15 -25%
Halloween 269 -28% 79% $559 -32% 9 -31% $65.05 -1%
Thanksgiving Eve 98 26% 80% $963 17% 13 7% $72.16 10%
Thanksgiving 364 -98% 7% $159 -81% 6 -55% $28.33 -57%
Christmas Eve 119 21% 66% $1,132 38% 18 42% $64.15 -3%
Christmas Day 365 -99% 4% $167 -80% 4 -69% $43.10 -35%
New Year's Eve 346 -65% 48% $443 -46% 7 -46% $65.32 -1%

Methodology

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