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The state of local retail 2020: Washington, DC.


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

2020 has been a challenge for local businesses across the U.S., and there's no question that local retailers in Washington, DC 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 DC retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 increase 6% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 17% of retailers in DC 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 Washington, DC make on an average day?

On a given day, retail shops in Washington brought in $1,074 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 11 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $93.41 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$1,074 11 $93.41
     

 

What days of the week are retail shops in Washington, DC busiest?

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

Saturdays were particularly big, as 18% of all retail revenue in Washington came in on that day alone. On the other hand, Sunday was the slowest day of the week for Washingtonretail shops, with 9% of revenue coming in on that day.

 

Saturday was the busiest day of the week in terms of foot traffic, with DC retail businesses processing an average of 16 transactions per day.

 

 

DC locals spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Mondays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $100.47 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $18.86 less than on Mondays.

 

 

What time of year do retail shops in Washington, DC make the most money?

DC 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 Washington, DC? Let's take a look.

 

Top 5 days for Washington, DC retail businesses.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

5/11/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/21/19

Weekend before Christmas

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/23/19

11/29/19

Black Friday

Saturday Saturday Friday Monday Friday

 

Washington, DC 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 360 -66.10% 30% $1,000 -6.80% 10 -16.90% $104.75 12.10%
Super Bowl Sunday 351 -46.00% 49% $964 -10.20% 11 -1.80% $85.45 -8.50%
Valentine's Day 9 54.80% 79% $1,713 59.60% 20 74.50% $85.42 -8.60%
St. Patrick's Day 327 -34.30% 52% $1,096 2.10% 13 17.10% $81.41 -12.80%
Easter Weekend 33 35.40% 89% $1,324 23.30% 13 12.70% $102.27 9.50%
Easter Weekend 15 42.70% 82% $1,520 41.60% 19 67.40% $79.01 -15.40%
Easter Sunday 361 -67.80% 34% $824 -23.30% 13 11.40% $64.35 -31.10%
Cinco de Mayo 297 -23.10% 60% $1,117 4.10% 12 4.50% $93.06 -0.40%
Mother's Day Weekend 3 86.70% 98% $1,670 55.60% 18 55.00% $93.75 0.40%
Mother's Day Weekend 1 90.00% 88% $1,889 75.90% 22 90.50% $86.25 -7.70%
Mother's Day 303 -26.40% 60% $1,070 -0.30% 14 20.80% $77.07 -17.50%
Memorial Day Weekend 26 37.30% 98% $1,226 14.20% 13 16.70% $91.40 -2.20%
Memorial Day Weekend 37 33.80% 85% $1,370 27.70% 16 43.20% $83.25 -10.90%
Memorial Day 123 11.20% 62% $1,579 47.10% 13 9.50% $125.48 34.30%
Father's Day Weekend 65 23.20% 98% $1,096 2.10% 13 10.20% $86.54 -7.40%
Father's Day Weekend 29 36.30% 89% $1,339 24.80% 17 48.10% $78.69 -15.80%
Father's Day 331 -35.90% 59% $952 -11.30% 13 13.50% $72.96 -21.90%
57th of July 353 -47.10% 50% $929 -13.40% 11 -3.30% $83.66 -10.40%
Labor Day Weekend 25 37.30% 95% $1,270 18.30% 13 13.10% $97.74 4.60%
Labor Day Weekend 14 44.30% 82% $1,533 42.80% 17 47.20% $90.62 -3.00%
Labor Day 163 4.00% 61% $1,502 39.90% 13 16.80% $111.89 19.80%
Halloween 282 -18.00% 86% $834 -22.30% 9 -20.60% $91.32 -2.20%
Thanksgiving Eve 146 7.40% 89% $1,051 -2.10% 13 12.00% $81.61 -12.60%
Thanksgiving 363 -81.10% 24% $694 -35.30% 12 1.60% $59.46 -36.30%
Christmas Eve 12 47.20% 78% $1,654 54.10% 20 72.50% $83.44 -10.70%
Christmas Day 365 -94.60% 12% $410 -61.80% 8 -31.50% $52.00 -44.30%
New Year's Eve 248 -10.70% 75% $1,041 -3.00% 12 8.10% $83.82 -10.30%

Methodology

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