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The state of local retail 2020: Pennsylvania.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including Pennsylvania. 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 drop 1% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 14% of retailers in the state of Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania is the 25th-ranked state for average retail revenue in the United States, pulling in right around the national average in daily revenue on a given day.

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

On a given day, retail shops in Pennsylvania brought in $935 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 12 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $78.23 per ticket.

Sales revenue Transactions Ticket size
$935 12 $78.23
National Rank: 25 National Rank: 30 National Rank: 21

 

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

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

Fridays were particularly big, as 19% of all retail revenue in Pennsylvania came in on that day alone. On average, only 37% of retailers keep their doors open on Sundays in Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania retail businesses processing an average of 16 transactions per day.

 

 

Pennsylvanians spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Wednesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $83.76 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $24.91 less than on Wednesdays.

 

 

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

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

May was the biggest month of the year overall for retail businesses in the Keystone State, no doubt thanks to a huge lift from Mother's Day Weekend. The week leading up to the holiday was the 2nd biggest week of the year, and the week before that was the 5th.

While May 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 Pennsylvania 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. Mother's Day was also big for retail businesses in Michigan, accounting for two top days as well.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

11/29/19

Black Friday

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/21/19

Weekend before Christmas

5/11/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/20/19

Weekend before Christmas

Friday Friday Saturday Saturday Friday

 

Pennsylvania 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 -79% 18% $847 -9% 12 -3% $72.68 -7%
Super Bowl Sunday 354 -65% 33% $772 -18% 13 12% $57.51 -27%
Valentine's Day 9 61% 87% $1,343 44% 19 59% $70.86 -9%
St. Patrick's Day 318 -53% 36% $951 2% 15 27% $62.81 -20%
Easter Weekend 11 53% 94% $1,186 27% 16 31% $75.92 -3%
Easter Weekend 29 43% 84% $1,235 32% 17 46% $70.87 -9%
Easter Sunday 363 -87% 16% $599 -36% 10 -13% $57.32 -27%
Cinco de Mayo 340 -59% 40% $750 -20% 13 8% $58.29 -26%
Mother's Day Weekend 2 88% 98% $1,389 49% 18 53% $75.82 -3%
Mother's Day Weekend 4 84% 90% $1,489 59% 21 79% $69.78 -11%
Mother's Day 330 -56% 41% $774 -17% 14 15% $56.35 -28%
Memorial Day Weekend 8 61% 99% $1,188 27% 14 19% $83.32 7%
Memorial Day Weekend 42 36% 83% $1,198 28% 18 47% $68.29 -13%
Memorial Day 325 -55% 34% $971 4% 14 16% $70.29 -10%
Father's Day Weekend 14 51% 99% $1,111 19% 14 18% $78.87 1%
Father's Day Weekend 65 29% 88% $1,065 14% 15 29% $68.98 -12%
Father's Day 337 -58% 39% $793 -15% 14 19% $55.82 -29%
42nd of July 312 -45% 32% $1,260 35% 16 35% $78.30 0%
Labor Day Weekend 18 49% 96% $1,133 21% 14 14% $83.01 6%
Labor Day Weekend 81 25% 80% $1,142 22% 17 39% $68.56 -12%
Labor Day 317 -52% 34% $1,036 11% 13 12% $77.67 -1%
Halloween 257 -11% 85% $765 -18% 9 -25% $85.46 9%
Thanksgiving Eve 100 19% 85% $1,020 9% 13 12% $76.51 -2%
Thanksgiving 364 -90% 13% $554 -41% 10 -19% $57.10 -27%
Christmas Eve 115 16% 67% $1,271 36% 17 38% $76.76 -2%
Christmas Day 365 -98% 5% $363 -61% 5 -55% $66.85 -15%
New Year's Eve 292 -22% 69% $828 -12% 11 -5% $73.25 -6%

Methodology

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