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The state of local retail 2020: New York.


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 across the state of 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 across the state. According to our data, the average New York retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 drop 29% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 14% of retailers in the state of New York 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 York.

New York is the 26th-ranked state for average retail revenue in the United States, pulling in 5% less in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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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 $929 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 11 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $82.56 per ticket.

Sales revenue Transactions Ticket size
$929 11 $82.56
National Rank: 26 National Rank: 36 National Rank: 11

 

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.

Fridays 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 8% 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 Yorkers spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Tuesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $89.80 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $25.21 less than on Tuesdays.

 

 

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

New Yorkers 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.

May was the biggest month of the year overall for retail businesses in the Empire 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 11th.

 

Top 5 days for New York 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

5/11/19

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 363 -74% 28% $721 -22% 9 -20% $79.63 -4%
Super Bowl Sunday 354 -56% 48% $687 -26% 11 -4% $63.81 -23%
Valentine's Day 1 119% 88% $1,871 102% 24 118% $76.38 -8%
St. Patrick's Day 336 -47% 49% $809 -13% 12 8% $66.82 -19%
Easter Weekend 21 37% 93% $1,108 19% 14 27% $77.39 -6%
Easter Weekend 76 20% 82% $1,096 18% 15 35% $71.92 -13%
Easter Sunday 361 -67% 37% $663 -29% 12 4% $56.55 -32%
Cinco de Mayo 328 -42% 57% $758 -18% 11 -2% $68.95 -17%
Mother's Day Weekend 3 99% 99% $1,516 63% 18 62% $83.18 1%
Mother's Day Weekend 2 117% 87% $1,869 101% 25 125% $73.94 -10%
Mother's Day 217 -2% 58% $1,266 36% 20 75% $64.49 -22%
Memorial Day Weekend 8 56% 99% $1,180 27% 14 28% $82.23 0%
Memorial Day Weekend 25 35% 83% $1,217 31% 17 47% $73.64 -11%
Memorial Day 318 -35% 50% $973 5% 14 26% $68.66 -17%
Father's Day Weekend 14 46% 100% $1,096 18% 14 23% $79.13 -4%
Father's Day Weekend 28 34% 88% $1,145 23% 16 45% $70.26 -15%
Father's Day 323 -39% 56% $826 -11% 14 25% $58.71 -29%
38th of July 356 -59% 43% $729 -22% 13 14% $56.86 -31%
Labor Day Weekend 26 35% 94% $1,071 15% 14 21% $78.38 -5%
Labor Day Weekend 88 17% 80% $1,103 19% 15 38% $71.20 -14%
Labor Day 314 -33% 49% $1,039 12% 14 22% $75.82 -8%
Halloween 253 -10% 82% $828 -11% 9 -22% $94.33 14%
Thanksgiving Eve 54 24% 85% $1,100 18% 13 16% $84.25 2%
Thanksgiving 364 -76% 29% $611 -34% 12 4% $52.11 -37%
Christmas Eve 27 34% 71% $1,424 53% 19 65% $76.63 -7%
Christmas Day 365 -88% 16% $547 -41% 10 -14% $56.41 -32%
New Year's Eve 289 -18% 72% $855 -8% 12 10% $69.17 -16%

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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