Leaving Christmas aside, reports say that the United States is experiencing inflation that has never been seen in 30 years when Thanksgiving Day arrives: a 16-pound turkey is asking for $23.99 this year, which is 24% higher than the price in 2020; one A family Thanksgiving meal costs about $53.31, which is $6.41 more than the 2020 average of $46.9.
The US Federal Department of Labor announced before Thanksgiving that the consumer price index has risen by 6.2% in the past 12 months, food prices have risen by 5.4%, and the prices of meat, poultry, fish, and eggs have risen by an average of 11.9%.
Data from Allianz Research (Allianz) shows that compared with 2020, on Black Friday 2021, prices of toys, clothing, electrical appliances, etc. will increase by 5% to 17%. The report quoted the "Wall Street Journal" as saying that many stores are closed for Thanksgiving this year, and major retailers such as Wal-Mart no longer promote the "open door" event. Due to the increase in the price of goods, the Skyview Shopping Center in Flushing, New York did not see any crowds during the "Black Friday", and customers lamented that it was not as lively as usual on weekends.
Inflation and the transportation crisis will cause the price of Christmas trees in the United States to rise this year. A Christmas tree with a height of about 24 meters arrived at Rockefeller Center in New York, USA on the 13th. National Public Radio reported on the 13th that the tree will be lit on December 1, when it will be decorated with more than 50,000 colored lights, and there will be a 400 kg star on the top with 3 million stars. Crystal composition. It is reported that the Christmas tree lighting ceremony has lasted for more than 80 years. Although this giant Christmas tree has been praised by many Americans, they themselves face the dilemma of "a tree is hard to find" at Christmas.
According to reports, inflation and the transportation crisis will cause the price of Christmas trees in the United States to rise this year, causing some varieties to fall short of demand. A forest farmer in New Hampshire, USA, said: "I have increased my cultivation costs and wage costs by more than 50%," which will cause consumers to pay at least 10% more. Some forest farms have even begun to implement an appointment system to balance enthusiastic consumers and limited labor relations.
In addition, affected by factors such as high temperature weather and frequent wildfires this summer, the Christmas tree planting industry in the United States has reduced its production by about 40% this year. O'Connor, executive director of the American Christmas Tree Association, said that labor costs continue to rise, and the accompanying increase in transportation costs also has a huge impact on consumers buying Christmas trees. Gift shop owner Reeves said that as the range of choices is becoming more limited, it is recommended that people buy popular varieties such as fir as soon as possible.
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