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The state of local retail 2020: Wisconsin.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including Wisconsin. 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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 drop 28% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 11% of retailers in the state of Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin.

Wisconsin is the 5th-ranked state for average retail revenue in the United States, pulling in 19% more in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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

On a given day, retail shops in Wisconsin brought in $1,163 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 16 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $73.49 per ticket.

Sales revenue Transactions Ticket size
$1,163 16 $73.49
National Rank: 5 National Rank: 3 National Rank: 33

 

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

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

Fridays were particularly big, as 19% of all retail revenue in Wisconsin came in on that day alone. On average, only 40% of retailers keep their doors open on Sundays in Wisconsin, making it easily the slowest day of the week overall.

 

 

Among the businesses who did keep their doors open, Saturdays and Sundays were the biggest days of the week in terms of foot traffic, with Wisconsin retail shops processing an average of 20 transactions per day.

 

 

Wisconsinites spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Tuesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $79.31 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $25.62 less than on Tuesdays.

 

 

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

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

May was the biggest month of the year overall for retail businesses in the Badger State, no doubt thanks to a huge lift from Mother's Day Weekend. The week leading up to the holiday was the 2nd biggest week of the year, and the week before that was the 20th.

While May may have been the biggest month of the year overall, the holidays was responsible for the single-biggest week of the year for Michigan restaurants: December 16th through the 22nd.

 

Top 5 days for Wisconsin retail businesses.

The holidays was responsible for the biggest day of the year, and a total of three of the top five days of the year overall. Mother's Day was also big for retail businesses in Michigan, accounting for two top days as well.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

11/29/19

Black Friday

5/11/19

Mother's Day Weekend

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/23/19

12/20/19

Weekend before Christmas

Friday Saturday Friday Monday Friday

 

Wisconsin 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 -76% 22% $1,013 -13% 18 12% $57.16 -22%
Super Bowl Sunday 358 -63% 36% $943 -19% 18 12% $52.98 -28%
Valentine's Day 10 55% 87% $1,640 41% 24 55% $66.95 -9%
St. Patrick's Day 325 -50% 37% $1,244 7% 21 32% $59.71 -19%
Easter Weekend 18 48% 93% $1,468 26% 19 22% $75.74 3%
Easter Weekend 62 27% 83% $1,407 21% 21 32% $67.52 -8%
Easter Sunday 364 -91% 16% $519 -55% 12 -23% $42.53 -42%
Cinco de Mayo 305 -32% 44% $1,433 23% 23 45% $62.35 -15%
Mother's Day Weekend 3 79% 97% $1,702 46% 24 52% $70.68 -4%
Mother's Day Weekend 2 80% 87% $1,917 65% 29 80% $67.22 -9%
Mother's Day 301 -31% 46% $1,388 19% 24 52% $57.76 -21%
Memorial Day Weekend 7 60% 98% $1,504 29% 18 12% $84.85 16%
Memorial Day Weekend 34 35% 81% $1,549 33% 22 40% $70.13 -5%
Memorial Day 323 -49% 35% $1,333 15% 21 33% $63.47 -14%
Father's Day Weekend 9 56% 99% $1,453 25% 19 18% $77.98 6%
Father's Day Weekend 44 33% 87% $1,404 21% 21 30% $68.07 -7%
Father's Day 320 -48% 42% $1,149 -1% 21 32% $54.87 -25%
52nd of July 308 -34% 30% $2,026 74% 28 75% $73.34 0%
Labor Day Weekend 14 51% 97% $1,446 24% 19 22% $74.95 2%
Labor Day Weekend 94 19% 79% $1,396 20% 22 36% $64.70 -12%
Labor Day 319 -47% 34% $1,427 23% 22 38% $65.30 -11%
Halloween 279 -17% 79% $969 -17% 12 -23% $79.86 9%
Thanksgiving Eve 198 3% 85% $1,118 -4% 14 -10% $78.34 7%
Thanksgiving 365 -93% 13% $509 -56% 9 -45% $58.05 -21%
Christmas Eve 284 -19% 60% $1,241 7% 16 -1% $78.84 7%
Christmas Day 363 -89% 8% $1,292 11% 12 -27% $111.40 52%
New Year's Eve 287 -20% 69% $1,071 -8% 14 -12% $76.82 5%

Methodology

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