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The state of local retail 2020: San Diego, CA.


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

2020 has been a challenge for local businesses across the U.S., and there's no question that local retailers in San Diego 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 San Diego retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 drop 2% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 21% of retailers in San Diego 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 San Diego make on an average day?

On a given day, retail shops in San Diego brought in $1,031 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 15 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $70.54 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$1,031 15 $70.54
     

 

What days of the week are retail shops in San Diego busiest?

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

Fridays were particularly big, as 18% of all retail revenue in San Diego came in on that day alone. On the other hand, Sunday was the slowest day of the week for San Diego retail shops, with 8% of revenue coming in on that day.

 

Saturday was the busiest day of the week in terms of foot traffic, with San Diego retail businesses processing an average of 17 transactions per day.

 

 

San Diego locals spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Thursdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $75.70 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $19.78 less than on Thursdays.

 

 

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

San Diego 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 San Diego? Let's take a look.

 

Top 5 days for San Diego retail businesses.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/2/19

Cyber Monday

5/24/19

Memorial Day Weekend

12/23/19

3/1/19

Friday Monday Friday Monday Friday

 

San Diego 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 -71.10% 29% $836 -18.90% 15 5.20% $54.36 -22.90%
Super Bowl Sunday 356 -53.60% 51% $775 -24.80% 15 0.20% $52.98 -24.90%
Valentine's Day 57 22.80% 81% $1,290 25.20% 19 31.90% $66.94 -5.10%
St. Patrick's Day 315 -37.10% 55% $970 -5.90% 16 12.20% $59.17 -16.10%
Easter Weekend 15 32.90% 95% $1,186 15.00% 16 10.30% $73.60 4.30%
Easter Weekend 134 10.00% 81% $1,152 11.80% 18 20.40% $65.49 -7.20%
Easter Sunday 363 -75.60% 35% $591 -42.60% 13 -11.90% $45.92 -34.90%
Cinco de Mayo 317 -38.20% 60% $874 -15.20% 16 10.40% $54.20 -23.20%
Mother's Day Weekend 1 57.60% 95% $1,396 35.50% 20 34.40% $71.10 0.80%
Mother's Day Weekend 72 20.60% 84% $1,213 17.70% 19 28.70% $64.47 -8.60%
Mother's Day 310 -30.60% 61% $969 -6.00% 18 24.30% $53.32 -24.40%
Memorial Day Weekend 3 39.80% 99% $1,197 16.10% 17 15.50% $70.91 0.50%
Memorial Day Weekend 114 12.50% 81% $1,172 13.70% 17 17.30% $68.36 -3.10%
Memorial Day 332 -44.70% 56% $842 -18.30% 13 -11.40% $65.05 -7.80%
Father's Day Weekend 13 34.60% 98% $1,158 12.30% 16 12.60% $70.37 -0.20%
Father's Day Weekend 151 8.30% 84% $1,086 5.40% 17 13.50% $65.50 -7.10%
Father's Day 344 -49.00% 56% $769 -25.40% 15 3.50% $50.83 -27.90%
52nd of July 361 -58.30% 43% $821 -20.40% 13 -8.30% $61.26 -13.20%
Labor Day Weekend 25 29.70% 95% $1,152 11.80% 16 10.10% $71.62 1.50%
Labor Day Weekend 248 -3.80% 78% $1,048 1.70% 17 16.10% $61.78 -12.40%
Labor Day 345 -49.90% 49% $870 -15.60% 15 1.90% $58.43 -17.20%
Halloween 177 5.60% 86% $1,042 1.10% 14 -2.50% $73.16 3.70%
Thanksgiving Eve 170 6.20% 82% $1,090 5.70% 16 6.70% $69.92 -0.90%
Thanksgiving 364 -88.30% 21% $478 -53.60% 9 -38.90% $53.50 -24.20%
Christmas Eve 223 0.40% 69% $1,229 19.20% 16 9.60% $76.74 8.80%
Christmas Day 365 -95.20% 12% $338 -67.20% 9 -40.40% $38.84 -44.90%
New Year's Eve 306 -23.10% 71% $913 -11.40% 15 1.90% $61.34 -13.00%

Methodology

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