1.7 million The number of people employed at department stores in December. Retail employment typically swells during the holiday season, last year rising by an estimated 40,600 from November and 174,700 from October.
16,670 The number of online shopping and mail-order houses in business which employed 268,328 workers. Their sales: $199 billion, of which more than 44 percent were attributable to e-commerce.
48,695 The number of malls and shopping centers dotting the U.S. landscape, a total that has increased by approximately 12,000 since 1990.
Oregon heads the list as the top Christmas tree - producing state.
Christmas Trees and Decorations
The gross earnings of Christmas tree farmers with Oregon
top of the heap scoring $109 million in sales followed by North Carolina, Washington and Michigan.
$470.3 million The value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments & decorations from China between January
and June. China
is also the leading foreign source of artificial Christmas trees shipped to the United States during the same period.
The value of U.S. toy imports including stuffed toys, puzzles and electric trains from China between January and June. China is the leading country of origin for stuffed toys coming into this country, as well as for a number of other popular holiday gifts. These include roller skates ($79 million), sports footwear ($193 million), golf equipment ($36 million) and basketballs ($23 million).