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The state of local retail 2020: Nebraska.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including Nebraska. 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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 drop 15% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 13% of retailers in the state of Nebraska 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 Nebraska.

Nebraska is the 44th-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 Nebraska make on an average day?

On a given day, retail shops in Nebraska brought in $781 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 10 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $76.34 per ticket.

Sales revenue Transactions Ticket size
$781 10 $76.34
National Rank: 44 National Rank: 46 National Rank: 29

 

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

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

Fridays were particularly big, as 19% of all retail revenue in Nebraska came in on that day alone. On average, only 35% of retailers keep their doors open on Sundays in Nebraska, making it easily the slowest day of the week overall.

 

 

Among the businesses who did keep their doors open, Fridays and Saturdays were the biggest days of the week in terms of foot traffic, with Nebraska retail shops processing an average of 12 transactions per day.

 

 

Nebraskans spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Tuesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $80.93 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 Nebraska make the most money?

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

The holiday shopping season was huge for retail shops across the country, and things were no different in the Cornhusker State. December is the biggest month of the year overall and 3 of the top 10 weeks of the year fell during the holiday shopping season.

 

Top 5 days for Nebraska retail businesses.

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

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/23/19

12/20/19

Weekend before Christmas

2/14/19

Valentine's Day

12/21/19

Weekend before Christmas

Friday Monday Friday Thursday Saturday

 

Nebraska 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 -89% 17% $409 -48% 7 -28% $55.28 -28%
Super Bowl Sunday 350 -70% 33% $558 -29% 9 -10% $60.56 -21%
Valentine's Day 4 101% 88% $1,414 81% 19 84% $75.16 -2%
St. Patrick's Day 335 -65% 31% $680 -13% 10 -2% $67.56 -12%
Easter Weekend 25 50% 96% $965 24% 13 28% $73.76 -3%
Easter Weekend 87 21% 82% $911 17% 13 25% $71.18 -7%
Easter Sunday 364 -93% 15% $281 -64% 8 -20% $34.20 -55%
Cinco de Mayo 316 -56% 38% $718 -8% 12 18% $59.61 -22%
Mother's Day Weekend 1 115% 97% $1,361 74% 17 67% $79.57 4%
Mother's Day Weekend 12 63% 83% $1,204 54% 17 70% $69.24 -9%
Mother's Day 311 -51% 39% $774 -1% 14 38% $55.01 -28%
Memorial Day Weekend 32 41% 97% $898 15% 12 21% $72.68 -5%
Memorial Day Weekend 157 9% 77% $864 11% 13 30% $65.00 -15%
Memorial Day 358 -76% 26% $570 -27% 14 33% $41.79 -45%
Father's Day Weekend 117 15% 98% $723 -8% 11 10% $64.36 -16%
Father's Day Weekend 171 6% 84% $774 -1% 11 9% $69.15 -9%
Father's Day 342 -67% 36% $566 -28% 10 -5% $58.03 -24%
33rd of July 360 -78% 23% $589 -25% 15 44% $40.10 -48%
Labor Day Weekend 16 58% 94% $1,029 32% 14 35% $74.23 -3%
Labor Day Weekend 244 -5% 77% $764 -2% 13 23% $60.83 -20%
Labor Day 347 -70% 23% $807 3% 15 47% $53.71 -30%
Halloween 233 -3% 85% $704 -10% 9 -16% $82.33 8%
Thanksgiving Eve 137 11% 86% $793 2% 9 -8% $83.89 10%
Thanksgiving 363 -92% 12% $395 -49% 6 -46% $71.65 -6%
Christmas Eve 34 40% 71% $1,217 56% 13 28% $92.87 22%
Christmas Day 365 -97% 6% $280 -64% 5 -52% $56.76 -26%
New Year's Eve 284 -16% 72% $714 -9% 9 -13% $80.38 5%

Methodology

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