Recession Isn't Hurting North Carolina Christmas Tree Sales

Shoppers may be trimming their lists in this recession, but North Carolina growers say the people will still be trimming their Christmas trees.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Thursday that Christmas tree sales started stronger this year than last year.

Burke County grower Sheila Barrier says everyone still gets a Christmas tree. She says her sales last weekend were up nearly 40 percent compared with last year.

Western North Carolina growers produce about one-fourth of the nation's Christmas trees, making the state second only to Oregon.

North Carolina's Christmas tree harvest produces only about $100 million of the state's $10 billion farm economy, but it is a bright spot compared with declining profits for other products such as meat and nursery plants.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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