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7 facts and figures about Christmas trees in Canada – Business – CBC News

A white Christmas might be a slim possibility for much of the country this year, but at least one other ho-ho-holiday tradition is sure to be widespread.

Christmas trees are everywhere during the holiday season, as the nordic tradition has taken root and spread across all parts of the globe. But Canada‘s winter makes the country a natural home for the seasonal favourite, whether it’s real or artificial.

The number crunchers at Statistics Canada have come up with some fun facts about one of Canada’s favourite holiday traditions.

1,738,212 — Total number of fresh-cut Christmas trees that Canada exported last year. Almost half of those came from Quebec. By way of contrast, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador did not export a single Christmas tree.

$51.3 million — The total value of all fresh-cut Christmas trees sold in Canada last year. Sales were down in every province except British Columbia. Sales were down nine per cent last year and have declined by 22 per cent since 2006.

$47 million — Value of artificial Christmas trees imported into Canada. More than $46 million of that came from China, with the rest coming from Thailand, the United States, Mexico or Vietnam.

via 7 facts and figures about Christmas trees in Canada – Business – CBC News.

NHL season delay trickles down to retail losses – UPI.com

Original NHL logo, used until 2005. A version ...TORONTO, Nov. 15 (UPI) — The National Hockey League’s union/owners’ standoff is taking a major revenue toll on Canadian sports retailers, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

With all games through November already canceled, sports-reliant stores in Ontario and Quebec are reporting sales declines as high as 30 percent, the broadcaster said.

The frustration is shown in a YouTube video posted by Alan Pearson, who owns Raxan Collectibles in Kirkland, Quebec.

It’s entitled “The NHL Destroyed My Business.”

“I’ve run my business for more than 20 years,” he posted. “I’ve been paying royalties. And what do you guys do for the second time in eight years?”

The 2004 season was canceled entirely over league and union disputes.

via NHL season delay trickles down to retail losses – UPI.com.

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