Monday, December 22, 2008

A Bit More Christmas Trivia

OK, maybe it's not trivia. It's the cold-hard truth, compliments of the Census Bureau.
  • U.S. Christmas tree farmers sold $493.3 million of Christmas trees in 2007.
  • The U.S. imported $593.8 million of Christmas tree ornaments from China between January and August of this year.
  • China also shipped $66.2 million worth of artificial Christmas trees to the U.S.
  • 96 establishments across the U.S. manufactured dolls and stuffed toys (2006), employing 2,410 people. And we wonder why we have to import so much stuff??
  • At least 691 businesses producing games, toys and children's vehicles existed in the U.S. in 2006.
  • Total value of shipments for dolls, toys and games by U.S. manufacturers (2006) totaled $3.4 billion, but....
  • U.S. toy imports (stuffed toys (not including dolls), puzzles, and electric trains and other popular gifts) from China totaled $4.9 billion. I'll break it down....
  • $42 million = roller skates
  • $136 million = athletic footwear
  • $638 million = golf equipment
  • #31 million = basketballs

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