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The state of local retail 2020: Portland, OR.


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

2020 has been a challenge for local businesses across the U.S., and there's no question that local retailers in Portland 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 Portland retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 increase 6% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 18% of retailers in Portland 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 Portland make on an average day?

On a given day, retail shops in Portland brought in $1,108 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 15 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $75.88 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$1,108 15 $75.88
     

 

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

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

Fridays were particularly big, as 17% of all retail revenue in Portland came in on that day alone. On the other hand, Sunday was the slowest day of the week for Portland retail shops, with 9% of revenue coming in on that day.

 

Saturday was the busiest day of the week in terms of foot traffic, with Portland retail businesses processing an average of 19 transactions per day.

 

 

Portland locals spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Tuesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $82.55 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $19.35 less than on Tuesdays.

 

 

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

Portland 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 Portland? Let's take a look.

 

Top 5 days for Portland retail businesses.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

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Mother's Day Weekend

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Portland 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 -79.00% 31% $619 -44.10% 12 -16.40% $50.79 -33.10%
Super Bowl Sunday 360 -56.60% 52% $763 -31.10% 14 -3.90% $54.40 -28.30%
Valentine's Day 125 12.10% 88% $1,172 5.80% 18 21.10% $66.31 -12.60%
St. Patrick's Day 311 -27.50% 57% $1,175 6.10% 18 22.50% $65.71 -13.40%
Easter Weekend 47 23.50% 94% $1,207 9.00% 16 9.40% $75.58 -0.40%
Easter Weekend 39 24.80% 80% $1,433 29.40% 22 50.60% $65.21 -14.10%
Easter Sunday 361 -64.70% 39% $825 -25.50% 14 -1.00% $57.13 -24.70%
Cinco de Mayo 315 -30.50% 54% $1,183 6.80% 16 12.10% $72.29 -4.70%
Mother's Day Weekend 1 61.10% 98% $1,504 35.80% 17 18.20% $87.17 14.90%
Mother's Day Weekend 29 27.60% 80% $1,472 32.90% 22 52.60% $66.07 -12.90%
Mother's Day 318 -33.00% 59% $1,047 -5.40% 17 15.20% $62.27 -17.90%
Memorial Day Weekend 15 34.00% 96% $1,278 15.40% 16 8.00% $81.02 6.80%
Memorial Day Weekend 132 11.50% 77% $1,321 19.30% 19 29.70% $69.78 -8.00%
Memorial Day 332 -39.30% 53% $1,052 -5.00% 16 9.00% $66.12 -12.90%
Father's Day Weekend 11 38.50% 99% $1,288 16.30% 16 12.20% $78.68 3.70%
Father's Day Weekend 128 11.70% 83% $1,235 11.50% 19 28.40% $65.94 -13.10%
Father's Day 331 -39.00% 57% $988 -10.80% 15 4.60% $64.70 -14.70%
46th of July 362 -65.60% 41% $778 -29.80% 13 -7.60% $57.67 -24.00%
Labor Day Weekend 92 16.30% 95% $1,128 1.90% 16 9.90% $70.37 -7.30%
Labor Day Weekend 117 13.60% 75% $1,388 25.40% 21 43.60% $66.24 -12.70%
Labor Day 353 -49.00% 49% $952 -14.10% 16 9.50% $59.54 -21.50%
Halloween 272 -10.20% 88% $936 -15.50% 12 -19.40% $79.51 4.80%
Thanksgiving Eve 223 -1.70% 87% $1,036 -6.50% 13 -11.00% $79.77 5.10%
Thanksgiving 364 -90.00% 19% $479 -56.70% 9 -37.90% $52.85 -30.40%
Christmas Eve 278 -11.50% 65% $1,253 13.10% 17 18.80% $72.22 -4.80%
Christmas Day 365 -92.10% 11% $640 -42.30% 10 -33.40% $65.75 -13.40%
New Year's Eve 292 -14.30% 72% $1,097 -1.00% 13 -13.30% $86.62 14.10%

Methodology

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