NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, June 13-19, at a rate of -2 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 4 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 25) when compared with last year, 3 points above Week 25 of 2020, and 10 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. All optical sales categories were either flat or down last week when compared with the previous week, ranging from -3 index points for lens pairs to unchanged for frame units.
Other than gross revenue’s decline of -2 index points, the other two categories, exams/refractions and contact lenses, were down -1 index point. Optical sales categories were mixed when comparing last week’s optical sales with the same period last year. Sales gross revenue were up 4 index points and sales for contact lenses were up by 2 index points.  Sales were down for frame units and lens pairs, both by -2 index points. Exams/refractions remained flat when comparing Week 25 of this year with the same time period last year.
With all optical sales categories either flat or down when comparing last week with the previous week, only one category is at a level above an average week in 2019—the index baseline assigned a value of 100 for this Optical Business Tracker. Gross revenue reached a level of 109 index points last week, while all other categories were below the 100-point benchmark, which  ranged from 96 index points for contact lenses to 94 index points for exams/refractions, frame units and lens pairs.
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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