• 21 Dec 2012 at 3:04 PM

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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  1. Posted by Could be true... | December 21, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    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. Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2012 at 3:32 PM


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  4. Posted by Inner Matt Thoughts | December 21, 2012 at 4:07 PM

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    Who is Bess?

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