2013 Holiday Season - By the Numbers

Staff writerDecember 24, 2013 

It’s that time of year once again, so here’s a look at the 2013 holiday season – By the Numbers – thanks to the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Retail Federation.

$1.4 billion: Estimated value of candles shipped by U.S. manufacturers in 2011.

$1 billion: Value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from China between January and September, 2013.

$93 million: Value of artificial trees imported from China during the same period.

70: Number of U.S. manufacturers of dolls and stuffed toys in 2011.

524: Number of domestic manufacturers of games, toys and children’s vehicles.

15 billion: Pieces of mail that will be delivered in the U.S. between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.

45 million: Americans shopped on Thanksgiving Day, 2013.

$407: The average amount they spent.

$25.9 billion: Estimated retail sales by U.S. department stores in December, 2012.

39.3 percent: Increase in sales from November to December, 2012.

$39.2 billion: Estimated value of  retail electronic and mail-order sales in December, 2012.


720,000 – 780,000: Seasonal retail workers hired this year. 

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