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The state of local retail 2020: New Jersey.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including New Jersey. 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 New Jersey 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 New Jersey 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 New Jersey retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 drop 7% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 23% of retailers in the state of New Jersey 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 New Jersey.

New Jersey is the 13th-ranked state for average retail revenue in the United States, pulling in 6% more in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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

On a given day, retail shops in New Jersey brought in $1,040 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 12 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $83.69 per ticket.

Sales revenue Transactions Ticket size
$1,040 12 $83.69
National Rank: 13 National Rank: 26 National Rank: 8

 

What days of the week are retail shops in New Jersey busiest?

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

Saturdays were particularly big, as 19% of all retail revenue in New Jersey came in on that day alone. On the other hand, Sunday was the slowest day of the week for New Jersey retail shops, with 9% of revenue coming in on that day.

 

 

Saturday was the busiest day of the week in terms of foot traffic, with New Jersey retail businesses processing an average of 17 transactions per day.

 

 

New Jerseyans spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Tuesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $90.90 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $23.73 less than on Tuesdays.

 

 

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

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

May was the biggest month of the year overall for retail businesses in the Garden 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 17th.

 

Top 5 days for New Jersey 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 two top days as well.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

5/11/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/14/19

12/21/19

Weekend before Christmas

2/14/19

Valentine's Day

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

Saturday Saturday Saturday Thursday Friday

 

New Jersey 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 363 -74% 26% $818 -21% 10 -16% $78.80 -6%
Super Bowl Sunday 349 -51% 45% $906 -13% 11 -11% $81.74 -2%
Valentine's Day 4 92% 82% $1,939 87% 25 99% $78.61 -6%
St. Patrick's Day 329 -37% 47% $1,105 6% 13 8% $82.37 -2%
Easter Weekend 21 48% 92% $1,330 28% 17 34% $80.17 -4%
Easter Weekend 16 56% 88% $1,459 40% 19 49% $78.80 -6%
Easter Sunday 362 -68% 34% $776 -25% 15 17% $53.50 -36%
Cinco de Mayo 340 -44% 56% $837 -20% 11 -12% $76.15 -9%
Mother's Day Weekend 5 90% 97% $1,627 57% 19 50% $87.13 4%
Mother's Day Weekend 1 141% 93% $2,140 106% 29 131% $74.50 -11%
Mother's Day 265 -19% 60% $1,125 8% 17 37% $66.18 -21%
Memorial Day Weekend 17 55% 98% $1,311 26% 16 31% $80.68 -4%
Memorial Day Weekend 8 76% 88% $1,647 58% 22 79% $74.01 -12%
Memorial Day 287 -25% 50% $1,247 20% 19 49% $67.38 -20%
Father's Day Weekend 36 39% 100% $1,150 11% 15 20% $77.12 -8%
Father's Day Weekend 15 56% 94% $1,377 32% 19 55% $71.51 -15%
Father's Day 298 -27% 55% $1,098 6% 18 46% $60.70 -28%
35th of July 322 -33% 46% $1,189 14% 20 63% $58.62 -30%
Labor Day Weekend 18 54% 95% $1,333 28% 16 33% $81.01 -3%
Labor Day Weekend 11 64% 84% $1,622 56% 22 74% $74.89 -11%
Labor Day 202 -6% 47% $1,656 59% 23 83% $72.71 -13%
Halloween 290 -25% 81% $763 -27% 8 -36% $95.50 14%
Thanksgiving Eve 129 10% 83% $1,096 5% 13 4% $84.97 2%
Thanksgiving 364 -80% 26% $646 -38% 11 -14% $60.38 -28%
Christmas Eve 12 63% 70% $1,938 86% 22 78% $87.57 5%
Christmas Day 365 -92% 11% $642 -38% 10 -17% $61.90 -26%
New Year's Eve 243 -13% 70% $1,024 -2% 13 4% $79.07 -6%

Methodology

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