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The state of local retail 2020: New York, NY.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including New York. 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 York retail businesses.

2020 has been a challenge for local businesses across the U.S., and there's no question that local retailers in New York 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. According to our data, the average New York retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 drop 6% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 20% of retailers in New York that were transacting before the pandemic hit were 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.

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

On a given day, retail shops in New York brought in $957 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 12 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $82.77 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$957 12 $82.77
     

 

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

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

Saturdays were particularly big, as 17% of all retail revenue in New York came in on that day alone. On the other hand, Sunday was the slowest day of the week for New York 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 York retail businesses processing an average of 14 transactions per day.

 

 

New York locals spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Tuesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $88.22 per ticket. Still, average ticket price remains fairly consistent throughout the week except for Sundays, when they spent an average of $20.01 less than on Tuesdays.

 

 

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

New York locals 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 York? Let's take a look.

 

Top 5 days for New York retail businesses.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

2/14/19

Valentine's Day

5/11/19

Mother's Day Weekend

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/23/19

12/14/19

Thursday Saturday Friday Monday Saturday

 

New York 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 364 -75.70% 29% $660 -31.00% 9 -23.90% $75.03 -9.40%
Super Bowl Sunday 351 -47.70% 54% $771 -19.40% 11 -6.70% $71.46 -13.70%
Valentine's Day 1 126.30% 87% $2,046 113.90% 27 130.60% $76.79 -7.20%
St. Patrick's Day 327 -37.80% 54% $903 -5.60% 12 8.00% $72.33 -12.60%
Easter Weekend 16 41.60% 93% $1,206 26.10% 15 30.60% $79.89 -3.50%
Easter Weekend 30 29.80% 85% $1,212 26.70% 16 38.30% $75.85 -8.40%
Easter Sunday 360 -58.00% 45% $732 -23.50% 13 9.80% $57.65 -30.40%
Cinco de Mayo 329 -38.60% 61% $795 -16.90% 11 -8.20% $74.93 -9.50%
Mother's Day Weekend 3 93.30% 98% $1,554 62.50% 18 57.10% $85.61 3.40%
Mother's Day Weekend 2 125.60% 89% $1,998 108.90% 26 127.00% $76.17 -8.00%
Mother's Day 128 9.80% 63% $1,380 44.30% 21 80.40% $66.19 -20.00%
Memorial Day Weekend 15 43.20% 99% $1,142 19.40% 14 24.60% $79.29 -4.20%
Memorial Day Weekend 18 39.60% 87% $1,263 32.10% 16 41.20% $77.45 -6.40%
Memorial Day 320 -31.50% 56% $971 1.50% 13 16.40% $72.20 -12.80%
Father's Day Weekend 19 39.30% 100% $1,099 14.90% 14 22.30% $77.79 -6.00%
Father's Day Weekend 17 40.60% 90% $1,230 28.60% 17 48.00% $71.88 -13.20%
Father's Day 317 -29.30% 62% $907 -5.20% 15 25.60% $62.48 -24.50%
40th of July 356 -52.20% 47% $805 -15.80% 13 14.50% $60.88 -26.50%
Labor Day Weekend 28 29.90% 94% $1,093 14.20% 14 20.10% $78.68 -4.90%
Labor Day Weekend 33 28.30% 82% $1,238 29.40% 16 38.70% $77.22 -6.70%
Labor Day 308 -22.90% 53% $1,139 19.10% 15 26.80% $77.73 -6.10%
Halloween 255 -10.70% 83% $850 -11.20% 9 -20.20% $92.11 11.30%
Thanksgiving Eve 36 26.90% 87% $1,153 20.50% 14 20.20% $83.00 0.30%
Thanksgiving 363 -69.20% 37% $654 -31.60% 12 0.00% $56.60 -31.60%
Christmas Eve 8 56.30% 75% $1,645 72.00% 21 77.70% $80.13 -3.20%
Christmas Day 365 -83.30% 22% $610 -36.30% 10 -9.90% $58.53 -29.30%
New Year's Eve 223 -4.80% 75% $995 4.10% 14 19.60% $72.03 -13.00%

Methodology

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