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: http://www.unk.edu/academics/library.aspx?id=49670.