February 2, 2010

190 Million Valentine's Day Cards

Did you know that 190 million Valentine's Day cards are sold each year? That's a lot of money for the Valentine industrial complex. This was one of many Valentine's Day tidbits published in the latest National Geographic. Here are some others:

190 Million Valentine's Day Cards

# About 190 million cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine's Day the second-most popular greeting-card giving occasion.
# 65 percent of households send greeting cards on Valentine's Day.
# 73 percent of Valentine Day flowers are bought by men, while women buy 23 percent of Valentine flowers.
# About 45.8 percent of U.S. consumers will exchange Valentine's Day candy. About 75 percent of is from sales of chocolate
# Americans will spend about $14.7 billion in retail sales on Valentine's Day in the United States.
# The average U.S. consumer is expected to spend $103 on Valentine's Day gifts, meals, and entertainment, down from $123 per person in 2008.

190 Million Valentine's Day Cards

Posted at February 2, 2010 4:00 AM