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The state of local retail 2020: St. Louis, MO.


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

2020 has been a challenge for local businesses across the U.S., and there's no question that local retailers in St. Louis 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 St. Louis retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 increase 17% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 14% of retailers in St. Louis 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 St. Louis make on an average day?

On a given day, retail shops in St. Louis brought in $806 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 11 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $71.84 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$806 11 $71.84
     

 

What days of the week are retail shops in St. Louis busiest?

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

Fridays were particularly big, as 19% of all retail revenue in St. Louis came in on that day alone. On the other hand, Sunday was the slowest day of the week for St. Louis retail shops, with 6% of revenue coming in on that day.

 

Saturday was the busiest day of the week in terms of foot traffic, with St. Louis retail businesses processing an average of 15 transactions per day.

 

 

St. Louis locals spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Tuesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $77.68 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $19.45 less than on Tuesdays.

 

 

What time of year do retail shops in St. Louis make the most money?

St. Louis 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 St. Louis? Let's take a look.

 

Top 5 days for St. Louis retail businesses.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

7/26/19

12/21/19

Weekend before Christmas

11/29/19

Black Friday

12/20/19

Weekend before Christmas

3/1/19

Friday Saturday Friday Friday Friday

 

St. Louis 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 -86.10% 30% $298 -63.00% 6 -50.10% $53.19 -26.00%
Super Bowl Sunday 343 -62.30% 50% $493 -38.90% 9 -19.20% $54.37 -24.30%
Valentine's Day 25 45.50% 86% $1,092 35.50% 17 55.40% $62.67 -12.80%
St. Patrick's Day 332 -56.30% 48% $584 -27.50% 9 -16.60% $62.42 -13.10%
Easter Weekend 9 63.80% 94% $1,130 40.20% 15 36.40% $73.83 2.80%
Easter Weekend 57 32.70% 84% $1,028 27.50% 16 44.30% $63.47 -11.60%
Easter Sunday 363 -88.60% 23% $316 -60.80% 6 -45.50% $51.69 -28.00%
Cinco de Mayo 334 -57.00% 51% $545 -32.40% 10 -14.70% $56.95 -20.70%
Mother's Day Weekend 8 63.80% 98% $1,082 34.30% 16 43.80% $67.07 -6.60%
Mother's Day Weekend 22 48.60% 87% $1,105 37.10% 19 65.70% $59.47 -17.20%
Mother's Day 311 -46.50% 47% $738 -8.40% 14 26.10% $52.17 -27.40%
Memorial Day Weekend 31 41.30% 100% $916 13.60% 14 20.50% $67.77 -5.70%
Memorial Day Weekend 45 35.70% 83% $1,056 31.00% 16 41.30% $66.58 -7.30%
Memorial Day 342 -61.30% 44% $575 -28.60% 8 -25.50% $68.85 -4.20%
Father's Day Weekend 24 46.00% 98% $968 20.10% 14 21.20% $71.23 -0.80%
Father's Day Weekend 40 36.50% 87% $1,020 26.50% 15 32.20% $68.75 -4.30%
Father's Day 337 -58.10% 47% $582 -27.70% 9 -15.70% $61.54 -14.30%
55th of July 358 -72.90% 38% $468 -41.90% 9 -16.10% $49.73 -30.80%
Labor Day Weekend 41 36.40% 95% $926 15.00% 12 9.70% $75.29 4.80%
Labor Day Weekend 48 34.00% 81% $1,071 32.90% 16 44.60% $66.06 -8.00%
Labor Day 353 -67.40% 41% $516 -36.00% 9 -22.10% $59.06 -17.80%
Halloween 262 -12.30% 86% $658 -18.40% 9 -15.70% $69.58 -3.10%
Thanksgiving Eve 98 22.90% 88% $911 13.00% 14 24.00% $65.48 -8.80%
Thanksgiving 364 -90.20% 17% $374 -53.60% 8 -33.10% $49.83 -30.60%
Christmas Eve 206 -1.00% 59% $1,086 34.80% 16 38.80% $69.76 -2.90%
Christmas Day 365 -96.00% 11% $230 -71.40% 6 -50.40% $41.34 -42.40%
New Year's Eve 216 -3.00% 73% $865 7.30% 11 -3.00% $79.45 10.60%

Methodology

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