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The state of local retail 2020: South Dakota.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including South Dakota. 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 South Dakota 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 South Dakota 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 South Dakota retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 drop 9% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 17% of retailers in the state of South Dakota 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 South Dakota.

South Dakota is the 11th-ranked state for average retail revenue in the United States, pulling in 10% more in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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

On a given day, retail shops in South Dakota brought in $1,077 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 14 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $79.00 per ticket.

Sales revenue Transactions Ticket size
$1,077 14 $79.00
National Rank: 11 National Rank: 13 National Rank: 17

 

What days of the week are retail shops in South Dakota busiest?

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

Fridays were particularly big, as 19% of all retail revenue in South Dakota came in on that day alone. On average, only 34% of retailers keep their doors open on Sundays in South Dakota, 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 South Dakota retail businesses processing an average of 16 transactions per day.

 

 

South Dakotans spend more per transaction on throughout the week, with Mondays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $83.38 per ticket. Still, average ticket price remains fairly consistent throughout the week except for 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 South Dakota make the most money?

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

The back to school shopping season was massive for retail businesses in the Mount Rushmore State. August was the biggest month of the year overall, and 4 of the top 10 weeks of the year fall during late August and early September.

 

Top 5 days for South Dakota retail businesses.

Back to school was responsible for the single-biggest day of the year for local retail businesses in Michigan. The holidays was also big for retail businesses in Michigan, accounting for two top days as well.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

8/23/19

12/23/19

12/20/19

Weekend before Christmas

8/26/19

5/11/19

Mother's Day Weekend

Friday Monday Friday Monday Saturday

 

South Dakota 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 356 -75% 24% $854 -21% 8 -38% $101.33 28%
Super Bowl Sunday 345 -68% 34% $778 -28% 12 -11% $63.83 -19%
Valentine's Day 42 38% 85% $1,327 23% 21 57% $62.11 -21%
St. Patrick's Day 325 -55% 33% $1,111 3% 15 11% $73.44 -7%
Easter Weekend 24 50% 91% $1,343 25% 16 17% $84.20 7%
Easter Weekend 130 16% 80% $1,178 9% 16 16% $74.63 -6%
Easter Sunday 363 -94% 17% $308 -71% 10 -23% $29.42 -63%
Cinco de Mayo 326 -55% 35% $1,057 -2% 12 -12% $87.91 11%
Mother's Day Weekend 14 58% 95% $1,366 27% 20 50% $66.90 -15%
Mother's Day Weekend 5 68% 81% $1,700 58% 22 64% $76.31 -3%
Mother's Day 311 -46% 39% $1,129 5% 18 35% $61.20 -23%
Memorial Day Weekend 17 57% 93% $1,378 28% 17 24% $81.83 4%
Memorial Day Weekend 60 32% 76% $1,407 31% 18 32% $78.16 -1%
Memorial Day 304 -36% 38% $1,363 27% 15 14% $88.03 11%
Father's Day Weekend 43 38% 95% $1,186 10% 16 14% $76.50 -3%
Father's Day Weekend 129 16% 76% $1,251 16% 17 27% $72.37 -8%
Father's Day 331 -61% 42% $765 -29% 13 -1% $56.89 -28%
45th of July 352 -72% 32% $705 -35% 12 -13% $59.07 -25%
Labor Day Weekend 9 64% 93% $1,435 33% 18 33% $78.96 0%
Labor Day Weekend 27 48% 74% $1,627 51% 20 50% $79.87 1%
Labor Day 300 -33% 40% $1,382 28% 12 -10% $112.39 42%
Halloween 306 -38% 79% $642 -40% 11 -18% $57.25 -28%
Thanksgiving Eve 84 24% 76% $1,324 23% 12 -11% $109.41 39%
Thanksgiving 364 -95% 12% $328 -70% 10 -27% $33.02 -58%
Christmas Eve 126 17% 65% $1,457 35% 17 21% $88.29 12%
Christmas Day 365 -97% 8% $324 -70% 12 -11% $26.77 -66%
New Year's Eve 294 -26% 68% $898 -17% 12 -16% $78.00 -1%

Methodology

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