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The state of local retail 2020: North Carolina.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including North Carolina. 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 increase 6% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 8% of retailers in the state of North Carolina 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 North Carolina.

North Carolina is the 4th-ranked state for average retail revenue in the United States, pulling in 26% more in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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

On a given day, retail shops in North Carolina brought in $1,234 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 15 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $79.97 per ticket.

Sales revenue Transactions Ticket size
$1,234 15 $79.97
National Rank: 4 National Rank: 4 National Rank: 13

 

What days of the week are retail shops in North Carolina busiest?

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

Saturdays were particularly big, as 19% of all retail revenue in North Carolina came in on that day alone. On average, only 38% of retailers keep their doors open on Sundays in North Carolina, 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 North Carolina retail businesses processing an average of 22 transactions per day.

 

 

North Carolinians spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Mondays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $85.97 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $18.07 less than on Mondays.

 

 

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

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

The back to school shopping season was massive for retail businesses in the Tar Heel State. August was the biggest month of the year overall, and 3 of the top 10 weeks of the year fall during late August and early September.

While August 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 North Carolina retail businesses.

The holidays was responsible for the biggest day of the year, and a total of three of the top five days of the year overall. Spring break was also big for local retail businesses in Michigan, accounting for the fourth biggest day of the year overall.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

11/29/19

Black Friday

12/21/19

Weekend before Christmas

12/23/19

3/2/19

8/3/19

Friday Saturday Monday Saturday Saturday

 

North Carolina 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 -72% 33% $857 -31% 13 -17% $66.83 -16%
Super Bowl Sunday 350 -57% 37% $1,177 -5% 16 5% $72.89 -9%
Valentine's Day 40 36% 92% $1,483 20% 18 19% $80.59 1%
St. Patrick's Day 319 -42% 38% $1,551 26% 21 36% $73.90 -8%
Easter Weekend 37 36% 91% $1,506 22% 20 29% $75.42 -6%
Easter Weekend 10 65% 83% $1,990 61% 28 80% $71.64 -10%
Easter Sunday 364 -85% 18% $832 -33% 15 -5% $56.88 -29%
Cinco de Mayo 326 -48% 41% $1,274 3% 19 22% $67.67 -15%
Mother's Day Weekend 8 67% 100% $1,687 37% 21 35% $80.80 1%
Mother's Day Weekend 9 67% 88% $1,910 55% 26 67% $74.02 -7%
Mother's Day 338 -54% 39% $1,173 -5% 18 17% $65.09 -19%
Memorial Day Weekend 30 39% 98% $1,423 15% 18 16% $79.71 0%
Memorial Day Weekend 47 32% 83% $1,598 30% 23 46% $70.99 -11%
Memorial Day 307 -27% 53% $1,386 12% 18 19% $75.77 -5%
Father's Day Weekend 41 35% 99% $1,369 11% 18 19% $74.77 -7%
Father's Day Weekend 39 36% 87% $1,561 27% 22 46% $69.37 -13%
Father's Day 341 -55% 40% $1,140 -8% 19 20% $61.51 -23%
31st of July 328 -51% 42% $1,173 -5% 19 25% $60.68 -24%
Labor Day Weekend 49 31% 97% $1,358 10% 18 14% $77.03 -4%
Labor Day Weekend 33 39% 81% $1,722 40% 24 54% $72.48 -9%
Labor Day 300 -24% 51% $1,486 21% 20 27% $75.87 -5%
Halloween 249 -10% 89% $1,016 -18% 11 -26% $89.51 12%
Thanksgiving Eve 97 17% 87% $1,349 9% 17 7% $81.68 2%
Thanksgiving 363 -75% 17% $1,479 20% 23 51% $63.63 -20%
Christmas Eve 58 29% 64% $2,032 65% 24 56% $84.68 6%
Christmas Day 365 -98% 5% $422 -66% 9 -39% $44.67 -44%
New Year's Eve 254 -11% 76% $1,178 -5% 15 -4% $79.62 0%

Methodology

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