The Surprisingly Huge Christmas Tree Business

by Rachel Baker on December 16, 2013

Time has seven interesting facts (with figures) about the Christmas tree business. .

It’s hard to overstate how vital the Christmas shopping season is to the American economy–especially when it comes to retail sales. The National Retail Federation projects that Americans will spend more than $600 billion on holiday shopping this year–accounting for 19.3% of all retail sales.

Of course their are certain products, like Christmas trees, which only sold during the Christmas shopping season. Vendors make the most of the short window they’re given, however, selling 25-30 million conifers each year, bringing more than $1 billion annually and employing 100,000 (mostly part time) workers. Here are seven other things you probably didn’t know about the Christmas Tree Economy:

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