Holiday season–facts and figures

Written by Diana Keith, Government Documents Librarian

Holiday facts and figures from the census bureau:

  • The holiday season can be good for department stores:  retail sales in December, 2008 increased 40% over the previous month.  Electronic shopping and catalog sales were valued at $24 billion for the same month.
  • Where are the toys made?  There were 94 establishments in the country that primarily manufactured dolls and stuffed toys, with California leading the nation with 17.
  • Over 50% of the nation’s potatoes were produced in Idaho and Washington in 2008.  Potato latkes are often served during Hanukkah.
  • The value of shipments of candles in 2008 was $1.3 billion, many of which are used during Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa celebrations.

These facts (and many more) can be obtained from the “Just Released” page of the library’s government document department: