People in Southampton pay more for their Christmas trees

Daily Echo: Robert Durrant, plantation manager at Burcot Farm, near Winchester, begins chopping down trees for the Christmas market. A typical 6ft tree from the farm will cost £50. Robert Durrant, plantation manager at Burcot Farm, near Winchester, begins chopping down trees for the Christmas market. A typical 6ft tree from the farm will cost £50.

WHEN it comes to forking out for Christmas trees, people in Southampton have to stump up more cash than anyone else in the country.

This year cash-strapped shoppers in Britain are set to pay £150m on real Christmas trees as part of their annual festive spend.

But it’s in Southampton where people will be digging deepest into their wallets to pay for the trees.

A survey showed that people in the city will pay as much as £80 for a tree, with home owners spending an average of £60 for a real 6ft tree.

In the north, people in Leeds and Nottingham spend an average of £40 and £41 to pay for the trees – that is a third cheaper than hard-pressed shoppers have to spend in Southampton.

Overall, figures show that the average British homeowner will pay £48 for a tree – £12 less than what people pay in Southampton.

The survey was carried out by Swedish retailer IKEA and prompted the flatpack giants to offer Nordmann fir trees for £25 this Christmas.

Birgit Hartelius from IKEA, which looked at regional Christmas tree sellers across the UK for the study, said: “There’s something really special about having a real tree in the home during the festive season. But over the years we’ve seen prices rocket to a level that a lot of people just can’t afford.”

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11:39am Tue 10 Dec 13

Dasal says...

Canny lot those Swedes.
Maybe negotiate with SCC next year. I hear they're looking for some "cheap" xmas decs................
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Canny lot those Swedes. Maybe negotiate with SCC next year. I hear they're looking for some "cheap" xmas decs................ ...... Dasal

11:00pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Someone_New says...

How convenient that a survey commissioned by IKEA discovers that everybody would be paying more for their tree than they would if they bought it from IKEA.
How convenient that a survey commissioned by IKEA discovers that everybody would be paying more for their tree than they would if they bought it from IKEA. Someone_New

11:15pm Tue 10 Dec 13

andysaints007 says...

Idiot
Idiot andysaints007

5:26am Wed 11 Dec 13

Someone_New says...

andysaints007 wrote:
Idiot
Idiot? I thought you were supposed to call everybody else "twat", isn't that your modus operandi?
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: Idiot[/p][/quote]Idiot? I thought you were supposed to call everybody else "tw[b][/b]at", isn't that your modus operandi? Someone_New

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