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Christmas tree palm-offs sold to the Brits. Exports hit new record. It could be a sign of the harsher economic times, or it could be that British and German consumers are not as fussy as the Norwegians. But whatever the reasons, sales of second-class Christmas trees are going well.Thin up top According to Stavanger Aftenblad an increasing number Brits are not so worried about how the tree looks just below the star, whilst the Germans aren't so worried about the base. Positive for the growers, it seems.

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Christmas tree palm-offs sold to the Brits

Published on Monday, 31st August, 2009 at 13:12 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Exports hit new record.

Norwegian Christmas tree in Trafalgar Sq
Norwegian Christmas tree in Trafalgar Sq
Photo: godrick/Shutterstock Images


It could be a sign of the harsher economic times, or it could be that British and German consumers are not as fussy as the Norwegians. But whatever the reasons, sales of second-class Christmas trees are going well.

Thin up top

According to Stavanger Aftenblad an increasing number Brits are not so worried about how the tree looks just below the star, whilst the Germans aren't so worried about the base. Positive for the growers, it seems.

“The demand for different types of trees is worth a lot of money to those who grow (them),” Gorden Haaland, head of the Jæren1 Christmas tree group tells the paper.

Convenient too, if you happen to be looking for a thin excuse.

“It’s not possible to cultivate consignments where all the trees are perfect,” he says.

Good for the exporter

Green Team Europe, who sends trees to England, is also benefitting from increased sales. Last year they bought 6,000 of them, and it promises to be even more in 2009.

“...we’d like to buy 32,000 trees, consisting mainly of inferior quality ones,” says Eigil Petersen, a company employee.

The number of exported Christmas trees has shot up on a national basis too. In 2006 Norwegian Customs recorded 5,000, whilst last year saw it increase to 57,000.

Note: The Norwegian Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square (pictured) is not one of these.



Published on Monday, 31st August, 2009 at 13:12 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwegian, christmas, tree, lower, quality, trafalgar, square, brits, export, jaeren, growers.





  
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