As we wrap up Christmas, it is time to look back and compare how Christmas imports fared this year to previous years. As you can see below, holiday total imports have taken a hit over the years.
Imports of holiday knick knacks have decreased severely over the years. When comparing yearly highs, wood ornaments are down 25.21% from September 2008 while glass ornaments have decreased 33.3%. Christmas trees have also taken a big hit with plastic tree imports decreasing 31.89% from September 2008 and real trees down 38.41%.
However, it has been reported that seasonal sales are actually up this year. Some are attributing this to better inventory management and an increase in online sales, but as others have noted, we really won't be able to compare seasons until after this next week; the week after Christmas accounts for 15% of the season's sales.