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The state of local retail 2020: Michigan.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including Michigan. 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 Michigan 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 Michigan 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 Michigan retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 drop 1% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 15% of retailers in the state of Michigan 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 Michigan.

Michigan is the 43rd-ranked state for average retail revenue in the United States, pulling in 20% less in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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

On a given day, retail shops in Michigan brought in $786 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 13 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $59.63 per ticket.

Sales revenue Transactions Ticket size
$786 13 $59.63
National Rank: 43 National Rank: 17 National Rank: 48

 

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

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

Fridays were particularly big, as 19% of all retail revenue in Michigan came in on that day alone. On average, only 39% of retailers keep their doors open on Sundays in Michigan, 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 Michigan retail businesses processing an average of 16 transactions per day.

 

 

Michiganders spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Mondays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $62.05 per ticket. Still, average ticket price remains fairly consistent throughout the week except for 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 Michigan make the most money?

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

May was the biggest month of the year overall for retail businesses in the Great Lakes 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 5th.

 

Top 5 days for Michigan retail businesses.

Valentine's Day was responsible for the single-biggest day of the year for local retail businesses in Michigan. Mother's Day was also big for retail businesses in Michigan, accounting for two top days as well.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

2/14/19

Valentine's Day

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

5/11/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/20/19

Weekend before Christmas

11/29/19

Black Friday

Thursday Friday Saturday Friday Friday

 

Michigan 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 -79% 21% $662 -16% 9 -29% $71.01 19%
Super Bowl Sunday 356 -71% 37% $504 -36% 11 -17% $46.21 -23%
Valentine's Day 1 129% 91% $1,625 107% 28 111% $58.28 -2%
St. Patrick's Day 337 -63% 38% $632 -20% 12 -11% $53.75 -10%
Easter Weekend 12 53% 95% $1,032 31% 17 26% $62.08 4%
Easter Weekend 70 23% 85% $931 18% 17 27% $55.50 -7%
Easter Sunday 363 -83% 18% $631 -20% 16 24% $38.55 -35%
Cinco de Mayo 319 -58% 45% $604 -23% 13 -3% $47.25 -21%
Mother's Day Weekend 2 99% 99% $1,299 65% 22 64% $60.01 1%
Mother's Day Weekend 3 96% 88% $1,426 81% 26 95% $55.35 -7%
Mother's Day 296 -19% 46% $1,127 43% 25 93% $44.34 -26%
Memorial Day Weekend 19 45% 98% $947 20% 16 18% $60.76 2%
Memorial Day Weekend 72 22% 81% $965 23% 17 27% $57.77 -3%
Memorial Day 339 -64% 32% $730 -7% 14 8% $51.09 -14%
Father's Day Weekend 21 44% 100% $923 17% 16 18% $59.38 0%
Father's Day Weekend 83 20% 88% $880 12% 16 19% $55.96 -6%
Father's Day 323 -59% 42% $635 -19% 14 3% $46.78 -22%
26th of July 316 -57% 31% $894 14% 17 29% $52.50 -12%
Labor Day Weekend 10 54% 96% $1,036 32% 17 27% $61.89 4%
Labor Day Weekend 59 27% 77% $1,062 35% 18 39% $57.91 -3%
Labor Day 326 -60% 31% $830 6% 15 11% $56.51 -5%
Halloween 284 -14% 85% $653 -17% 10 -23% $64.33 8%
Thanksgiving Eve 54 27% 87% $942 20% 14 8% $66.22 11%
Thanksgiving 364 -86% 16% $572 -27% 10 -21% $54.59 -9%
Christmas Eve 212 1% 62% $1,044 33% 16 22% $64.89 9%
Christmas Day 365 -95% 7% $493 -37% 10 -24% $49.33 -17%
New Year's Eve 295 -19% 72% $726 -8% 12 -10% $61.28 3%

Methodology

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