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The state of local retail 2020: Minnesota.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including Minnesota. 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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 drop 32% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 13% of retailers in the state of Minnesota 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 Minnesota.

Minnesota is the 3rd-ranked state for average retail revenue in the United States, pulling in 29% more in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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

On a given day, retail shops in Minnesota brought in $1,262 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 15 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $86.85 per ticket.

Sales revenue Transactions Ticket size
$1,262 15 $86.85
National Rank: 3 National Rank: 7 National Rank: 4

 

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

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

Fridays were particularly big, as 18% of all retail revenue in Minnesota came in on that day alone. On average, only 43% of retailers keep their doors open on Sundays in Minnesota, 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 Minnesota retail businesses processing an average of 18 transactions per day.

 

 

Minnesotans spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Tuesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $92.91 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $19.96 less than on Tuesdays.

 

 

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

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

May was the biggest month of the year overall for retail businesses in the North Star State, no doubt thanks to a huge lift from Mother's Day Weekend. The week leading up to the holiday was the 2nd biggest week of the year, and the week before that was the 8th.

While May 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 Minnesota retail businesses.

The holidays was responsible for the biggest day of the year, and a total of four of the top five days of the year overall. Mother's Day was also big from a single-day perspective for retail shops in Michigan, accounting for the third biggest day of the year overall.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

11/29/19

Black Friday

12/23/19

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/20/19

Weekend before Christmas

12/19/19

Friday Monday Friday Friday Thursday

 

Minnesota 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 -78% 24% $914 -28% 14 -4% $65.66 -24%
Super Bowl Sunday 346 -57% 40% $1,076 -15% 13 -7% $79.79 -8%
Valentine's Day 17 44% 85% $1,693 34% 23 56% $74.67 -14%
St. Patrick's Day 321 -47% 43% $1,232 -2% 14 -1% $85.90 -1%
Easter Weekend 21 42% 94% $1,515 20% 18 27% $82.22 -5%
Easter Weekend 83 22% 79% $1,542 22% 20 40% $75.64 -13%
Easter Sunday 363 -88% 18% $679 -46% 18 21% $38.68 -56%
Cinco de Mayo 308 -35% 47% $1,370 9% 16 11% $85.25 -2%
Mother's Day Weekend 3 73% 98% $1,765 40% 22 55% $78.52 -10%
Mother's Day Weekend 7 61% 80% $2,011 59% 28 93% $71.82 -17%
Mother's Day 299 -27% 48% $1,517 20% 23 56% $67.02 -23%
Memorial Day Weekend 15 46% 98% $1,490 18% 16 12% $91.90 6%
Memorial Day Weekend 41 31% 75% $1,740 38% 22 53% $78.14 -10%
Memorial Day 315 -41% 39% $1,502 19% 16 8% $95.64 10%
Father's Day Weekend 10 50% 98% $1,529 21% 19 30% $81.09 -7%
Father's Day Weekend 136 13% 81% $1,395 11% 19 33% $71.93 -17%
Father's Day 328 -50% 46% $1,079 -15% 16 7% $69.31 -20%
27th of July 360 -71% 33% $891 -29% 15 0% $61.27 -30%
Labor Day Weekend 8 52% 98% $1,551 23% 17 15% $93.04 7%
Labor Day Weekend 118 15% 75% $1,542 22% 20 39% $76.42 -12%
Labor Day 314 -40% 38% $1,580 25% 19 32% $82.14 -5%
Halloween 290 -19% 80% $1,007 -20% 11 -21% $87.74 1%
Thanksgiving Eve 233 -4% 78% $1,226 -3% 13 -9% $92.35 6%
Thanksgiving 364 -89% 17% $674 -47% 9 -37% $73.64 -15%
Christmas Eve 291 -19% 60% $1,354 7% 17 18% $79.13 -9%
Christmas Day 365 -97% 8% $418 -67% 9 -37% $45.87 -47%
New Year's Eve 295 -24% 74% $1,024 -19% 11 -22% $90.46 4%

Methodology

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