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The state of local retail 2020: Pittsburgh, PA.


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

2020 has been a challenge for local businesses across the U.S., and there's no question that local retailers in Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 increase 13% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 9% of retailers in Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh make on an average day?

On a given day, retail shops in Pittsburgh brought in $893 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 13 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $67.48 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$893 13 $67.48
     

 

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

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

Fridays were particularly big, as 18% of all retail revenue in Pittsburgh came in on that day alone. On average, only 33% of retailers keep their doors open on Sundays in Pittsburgh, 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 Pittsburgh retail businesses processing an average of 16 transactions per day.

 

 

Pittsburgh locals spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Wednesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $72.05 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when lower-ticket-item shops are perhaps more likely to remain open than higher-end boutiques.

 

 

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

Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh? Let's take a look.

 

Top 5 days for Pittsburgh retail businesses.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

12/11/19

2/14/19

Valentine's Day

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

2/13/19

Day before Valentine's Day

12/20/19

Weekend before Christmas

Wednesday Thursday Friday Wednesday Friday

 

Pittsburgh 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 355 -74.30% 13% $1,363 52.60% 15 13.90% $90.44 34.00%
Super Bowl Sunday 356 -75.30% 29% $592 -33.70% 12 -10.10% $49.75 -26.30%
Valentine's Day 2 94.50% 90% $1,496 67.50% 24 77.70% $63.59 -5.80%
St. Patrick's Day 328 -67.30% 32% $714 -20.00% 12 -5.80% $57.26 -15.10%
Easter Weekend 21 46.50% 94% $1,082 21.10% 17 29.50% $63.11 -6.50%
Easter Weekend 107 17.60% 79% $1,027 15.00% 19 39.80% $55.49 -17.80%
Easter Sunday 363 -94.10% 13% $311 -65.20% 7 -47.70% $44.88 -33.50%
Cinco de Mayo 337 -68.20% 36% $612 -31.40% 12 -10.70% $51.83 -23.20%
Mother's Day Weekend 3 92.90% 96% $1,397 56.40% 22 63.30% $64.62 -4.20%
Mother's Day Weekend 8 63.30% 86% $1,317 47.50% 23 72.00% $57.87 -14.20%
Mother's Day 315 -56.00% 39% $786 -12.00% 14 4.00% $57.14 -15.30%
Memorial Day Weekend 23 45.90% 97% $1,042 16.60% 16 17.30% $67.11 -0.50%
Memorial Day Weekend 158 9.80% 77% $994 11.30% 17 28.00% $58.68 -13.00%
Memorial Day 323 -65.40% 27% $900 0.80% 11 -15.60% $80.56 19.40%
Father's Day Weekend 35 37.10% 98% $974 9.00% 15 14.90% $64.03 -5.10%
Father's Day Weekend 135 11.80% 84% $922 3.20% 15 13.40% $61.44 -8.90%
Father's Day 353 -73.80% 33% $548 -38.70% 12 -5.80% $43.96 -34.90%
45th of July 352 -73.40% 25% $731 -18.20% 11 -18.80% $68.03 0.80%
Labor Day Weekend 25 45.50% 96% $1,049 17.40% 14 6.60% $74.31 10.10%
Labor Day Weekend 172 7.90% 74% $1,007 12.80% 17 29.10% $58.94 -12.70%
Labor Day 341 -69.00% 24% $885 -1.00% 11 -15.30% $78.90 16.90%
Halloween 225 -0.30% 86% $809 -9.40% 11 -19.10% $75.51 11.90%
Thanksgiving Eve 196 4.30% 86% $846 -5.30% 14 7.90% $59.26 -12.20%
Thanksgiving 364 -94.40% 9% $441 -50.60% 6 -55.10% $74.14 9.90%
Christmas Eve 290 -15.10% 60% $977 9.30% 15 12.80% $65.41 -3.10%
Christmas Day 365 -98.50% 5% $223 -75.10% 5 -60.00% $42.02 -37.70%
New Year's Eve 302 -25.70% 64% $810 -9.30% 12 -10.20% $68.21 1.10%

Methodology

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