Robust Christmas Tree Sales Mean… Something? Maybe?

The early numbers aren’t encouraging in terms of holiday sales. But let’s ignore them and rely on this instead:

In the ten years Mr. Sloterbeck has tracked them, sales of trees, wreaths and the like have proved a reliable gauge of overall holiday spending. When people are willing to spring for a bigger tree or buy that extra garland, they’re probably spending more at the mall too.

Mr. Sloterbeck’s contacts tell him it has been a strong season for trees. For the four weeks ended Sunday, the survey shows sales were 4.8% higher than a year ago.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m kicking off early because I am a man.

No Trimming of Christmas Tree Sales [WSJ]
Retailers may see disappointing holiday sales [MarketWatch]
Men take holiday shopping to the edge: Reuters/Ipsos [Reuters]

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12 Responses to “Robust Christmas Tree Sales Mean… Something? Maybe?”

  1. Could be true... says:

    Matt already had his intern hack into various stores shipping systems and have what an algorithm determined were the hottest gifts of 2013 shipped to his family and friends with a note saying he'd be busy with the soon to be released NY Fed BoD minutes; Jon Shazar goes shopping like a bitch.

  2. DB Espana says:

    Dale a tu cuerpo alegria Macarena
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    Dale a tu cuerpo alegria, Macarena
    Heeeeey Macarena

  3. Inner Matt Thoughts says:

    You managed to write a whole 33 words and called it a day?

  4. guest says:

    I attribute this to the sharp rise in interfaith marriages

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  6. UBS Compliance says:

    My list for Santa includes a return to Bess being the sole contributor…

  7. Dick says:

    This guy has yet to crack 100 words. Is he being paid for this?

  8. Jon says:

    Just call me "The Shaz"

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