Apple's Million-Dollar-a-Day Retail Store (in Words and Pictures)
Anecdotally, we know they're almost always packed. And the little data we see supports that assumption.
Consider some numbers:
The now-old Apple Store on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif. (blocks from my humble abode) generated $352 million in sales in 2011. That's old news by now and -- cheesy reporter line alert -- for those keeping score at home, that's about $1 million in sales per day. We only know this because a local tax association posted some statistics. Just last month, we learned (thanks, Philip Elmer-DeWitt at Fortune) that Apple generated $6,050 in sales per square foot of retail space last year. Of course, that's No. 1; it blows away second place Tiffany & Co. (TIF) by more than $3,000. No other tech company made the top 10. In Apple's annual report, we learn that retail produced $18.8 billion in sales during the company's most recent fiscal four quarters, a 33% year-over-year increase. That's a relative pimple on the behind of Apple's total net sales of $156.5 billion. Average revenue per store in 2012: $51.5 million. Up 19% year-over-year and spread across 390 stores, 33 of which opened during the year (28 of those new stores opened outside of the U.S.).
These numbers make that $1 million per day number in Santa Monica even more astounding. I can only assume other stores in bigger cities (think Fifth Avenue, Manhattan) produce more revenue, but maybe not.
Either way, the average obviously gets weighed down by some relative underperformers in smaller cities and still-developing international markets. That's my guess at least. And, again, retail doesn't necessarily dominate Apple's sales statement. The figures the company reports in geographic segments such as the Americas ($57.5 billion) and Europe ($36.3 billion) do not include retail register rings.