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The state of local retail 2020: Washington.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including Washington. 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 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 Washington 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 Washington retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 drop 16% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 13% of retailers in the state of Washington 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 Washington.

Washington is the 8th-ranked state for average retail revenue in the United States, pulling in 16% more in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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

On a given day, retail shops in Washington brought in $1,136 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 15 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $78.26 per ticket.

Sales revenue Transactions Ticket size
$1,136 15 $78.26
National Rank: 8 National Rank: 8 National Rank: 20

 

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

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

Fridays 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 Washington retail shops, with 7% of revenue coming in on that day.

 

 

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

 

 

Washingtonians spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Tuesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $83.59 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $22.82 less than on Tuesdays.

 

 

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

Washingtonians 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? Let's take a look.

May was the biggest month of the year overall for retail businesses in the Evergreen State, no doubt thanks to a huge lift from Mother's Day Weekend. The week leading up to the holiday was the biggest week of the year, and the week before that was the 6th.

 

Top 5 days for Washington retail businesses.

Mother's Day 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 three top days as well.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/23/19

6/28/19

12/20/19

Weekend before Christmas

12/21/19

Weekend before Christmas

Friday Monday Friday Friday Saturday

 

Washington 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 -72% 26% $971 -15% 13 -12% $75.81 -3%
Super Bowl Sunday 355 -62% 43% $792 -30% 12 -18% $66.64 -15%
Valentine's Day 9 47% 84% $1,594 40% 21 44% $76.17 -3%
St. Patrick's Day 335 -50% 46% $992 -13% 16 11% $61.58 -21%
Easter Weekend 19 36% 95% $1,314 16% 17 19% $76.18 -3%
Easter Weekend 55 25% 79% $1,433 26% 24 68% $58.68 -25%
Easter Sunday 362 -70% 30% $906 -20% 23 62% $38.60 -51%
Cinco de Mayo 320 -44% 49% $1,031 -9% 18 26% $56.57 -28%
Mother's Day Weekend 1 85% 98% $1,723 52% 21 41% $83.97 7%
Mother's Day Weekend 8 52% 82% $1,688 49% 23 60% $72.77 -7%
Mother's Day 309 -40% 50% $1,087 -4% 18 22% $61.25 -22%
Memorial Day Weekend 30 30% 98% $1,211 7% 16 7% $78.12 0%
Memorial Day Weekend 141 11% 77% $1,317 16% 19 31% $69.49 -11%
Memorial Day 325 -47% 47% $1,024 -10% 16 11% $63.47 -19%
Father's Day Weekend 13 40% 99% $1,286 13% 16 14% $77.95 0%
Father's Day Weekend 75 20% 83% $1,312 16% 19 34% $67.56 -14%
Father's Day 319 -44% 50% $1,033 -9% 17 15% $62.02 -21%
51st of July 361 -68% 38% $749 -34% 16 13% $45.50 -42%
Labor Day Weekend 18 37% 94% $1,326 17% 16 12% $81.96 5%
Labor Day Weekend 133 13% 75% $1,364 20% 20 39% $67.75 -13%
Labor Day 321 -45% 44% $1,132 0% 17 20% $65.23 -17%
Halloween 267 -10% 86% $958 -16% 11 -24% $87.07 11%
Thanksgiving Eve 109 15% 87% $1,207 6% 14 -1% $83.76 7%
Thanksgiving 364 -89% 16% $657 -42% 10 -34% $68.75 -12%
Christmas Eve 111 15% 65% $1,610 42% 19 28% $86.57 11%
Christmas Day 365 -94% 10% $550 -52% 7 -50% $75.28 -4%
New Year's Eve 279 -13% 72% $1,099 -3% 12 -17% $91.42 17%

Methodology

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