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.