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People in Southampton pay more for their Christmas trees
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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