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The state of local retail 2020: Ohio.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including Ohio. 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 Ohio 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 Ohio 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 Ohio retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 increase 46% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 26% of retailers in the state of Ohio 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 Ohio.

Ohio is the 42nd-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 Ohio make on an average day?

On a given day, retail shops in Ohio brought in $787 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 12 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $64.88 per ticket.

Sales revenue Transactions Ticket size
$787 12 $64.88
National Rank: 42 National Rank: 29 National Rank: 44

 

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

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

Fridays were particularly big, as 19% of all retail revenue in Ohio came in on that day alone. On average, only 41% of retailers keep their doors open on Sundays in Ohio, 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 Ohio retail businesses processing an average of 16 transactions per day.

 

 

Ohioans spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Tuesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $69.39 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $21.08 less than on Tuesdays.

 

 

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

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

May was the biggest month of the year overall for retail businesses in the Buckeye 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 3rd.

 

Top 5 days for Ohio 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 from a single-day perspective for retail shops in Michigan, accounting for two top days as well.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

5/11/19

Mother's Day Weekend

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

11/29/19

Black Friday

2/14/19

Valentine's Day

12/20/19

Weekend before Christmas

Saturday Friday Friday Thursday Friday

 

Ohio 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 361 -80% 22% $594 -25% 10 -17% $58.95 -9%
Super Bowl Sunday 356 -67% 40% $532 -32% 12 0% $43.77 -33%
Valentine's Day 4 75% 88% $1,250 59% 20 62% $63.56 -2%
St. Patrick's Day 332 -57% 40% $670 -15% 13 10% $50.23 -23%
Easter Weekend 14 51% 95% $1,004 28% 15 21% $68.39 5%
Easter Weekend 48 33% 85% $984 25% 17 38% $58.69 -10%
Easter Sunday 364 -88% 18% $408 -48% 9 -24% $44.50 -31%
Cinco de Mayo 316 -51% 45% $692 -12% 14 16% $49.11 -24%
Mother's Day Weekend 2 88% 99% $1,191 51% 18 48% $66.46 2%
Mother's Day Weekend 1 94% 89% $1,365 74% 23 86% $60.50 -7%
Mother's Day 310 -45% 46% $762 -3% 16 32% $47.55 -27%
Memorial Day Weekend 9 55% 99% $989 26% 15 24% $65.62 1%
Memorial Day Weekend 37 36% 83% $1,029 31% 17 40% $60.45 -7%
Memorial Day 328 -56% 35% $786 0% 14 19% $54.56 -16%
Father's Day Weekend 19 47% 100% $930 18% 14 16% $66.09 2%
Father's Day Weekend 86 22% 87% $882 12% 15 23% $59.41 -8%
Father's Day 339 -59% 42% $615 -22% 12 3% $49.23 -24%
39th of July 349 -62% 33% $718 -9% 13 11% $53.46 -18%
Labor Day Weekend 22 44% 97% $937 19% 14 16% $66.46 2%
Labor Day Weekend 87 22% 81% $946 20% 15 27% $61.63 -5%
Labor Day 354 -64% 34% $665 -16% 14 12% $48.98 -25%
Halloween 281 -17% 84% $624 -21% 10 -21% $65.32 1%
Thanksgiving Eve 168 7% 84% $802 2% 12 1% $65.53 1%
Thanksgiving 363 -88% 16% $473 -40% 11 -7% $42.08 -35%
Christmas Eve 192 4% 63% $1,040 32% 14 17% $73.21 13%
Christmas Day 365 -96% 6% $443 -44% 6 -47% $68.31 5%
New Year's Eve 305 -34% 67% $618 -22% 10 -15% $59.91 -8%

Methodology

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