NEW YORK—For the second week in a row, the national average for gross revenue at ECP locations was unchanged last week, July 25-31, when compared with previous week. That places gross revenue at a level 6 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 31) when compared with last year, 2 points above the same time period in 2020, and 5 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.
Optical sales categories were varied last week when compared with the previous week. In addition to gross revenue being flat, the lens pairs category was also unchanged when compared with the previous week. The only category that was up was exams/refractions, at a rate of 1 index point. Frame units were down by 1 index point and contact lenses were down by 2 index points.
Optical sales categories were also varied when comparing last week’s optical sales with the same period last year. Gross revenue was up by 5 index points and exams/refractions by 2 index points, the contact lens category was flat, and frame units and lens pairs were both down by 1 index point.
With optical sales varied last week, two categories reached levels above an average week in 2019—the index baseline assigned a value of 100 for this Optical Business Tracker. Gross revenue maintained the same level it reached last week, 113 index points, and exams/refractions reached 101 index points during Week 31 of 2022. Frame units and lens pairs both reach 99 index points, while contact lenses reached 98 index points.
Jobson Optical Research selected 1,500 optical locations that have been operating and reporting their sales to its partners, GPN and ABB Analytics, since 2019. The index has been rebased to an average week in 2019. Going forward, this new index base will be used as an arbitrary benchmark and assigned a value of 100.
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