Record number of Xmas trees unsold

Low demand and price leave a record number of unsold Oregon Christmas trees, say experts.

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Low consumer demand and wholesale prices have left a record number of unsold Christmas trees in several Oregon counties, say industry experts.

Oregon remains No. 1 in U.S. production of Christmas trees with 7.34 million sold in 2008 at a value of nearly $110 million. Sales increased by nearly 300,000 trees over 2007.

But the up-and-down price cycle that typically roils the industry, combined with a national recession that’s left consumers skittish at best, is bound to trim those numbers over the next several seasons.

Read more in the Oregonian.

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