By the numbers

America's 'booming' Christmas tree business: By the numbers

Even in these tough economic times, Americans aren't skimping on Christmas

The economy may still be floundering. But the Christmas tree business is booming. According to new study by research firm IBISWorld, Americans will spend an estimated $3.4 billion on Christmas trees this year, the highest amount since 2007. Here, a brief guide, by the numbers, to this "booming" holiday business:

25 millionReal Christmas trees Americans will buy this year, according to IBISWorld's forecast

$800 millionEstimated retail cost of those trees

10 millionArtificial trees Americans will buy this holiday season

$2.6 billionEstimated retail cost of those artificial trees

$3.4 billionTotal estimated Christmas tree spending this year

3.1
Estimated increase
, in percent, from last year's Christmas tree spending

$3.51 billionAmount Americans spent on Christmas trees in 2007

$3.14 billionAmount Americans spent on Christmas trees in 2008, when the global financial meltdown took a huge bite out of this seasonal industry

80Percent of all artificial trees that are manufactured in China

6 to 9Number of years an average family uses an artificial tree before throwing it away

7Number of years it takes, on average, to grow a typical Christmas tree

More than 100,000People who are employed either part-time or full-time in the Christmas tree industry

Sources: Bloomberg, Mental Floss, National Christmas Tree Association, Valley BreezeWashington Post

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