Artificial trees are real deal as only one in seven people may buy a real Christmas tree
Following stints with Reuters and the Press Association, Martin Hickman joined The Independent as a news editor in 2001. He became the Consumer Affairs Correspondent in September 2005 and has run the paper's trenchant campaigns on packaging, bank charges and factory-farmed chicken. He writes on subjects as diverse as food, finance, energy and fashion. With Tom Watson, he is author of a new book on the phone hacking scandal, Dial M for Murdoch - News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain.
Friday 23 November 2012
Only one in seven people may buy a real Christmas tree this year, new research shows.
Thirteen per cent of the public told the consumer group that they were considering buying a real tree chopped at the trunk, for which they expected to pay an average of £33.
Almost half of people, 49 per cent, were thinking of buying a “realistic” artificial tree.
Real Christmas trees have risen in price in recent years because of a Europe-wide shortage of the traditional Nordmann fir tree - which accounts for 80 per cent of UK Christmas tree sales.
Over the last five years, the price of Christmas trees has doubled, according to professional buyers. At the same time, there has been a squeeze on household finances, making real Christmas trees increasingly unaffordable.
Which?’s research found that the shape (93 per cent), size (91 per cent) and price (90 per cent) of a tree were the most important factors for consumers.
It suggested that hard-pressed consumers could still conserve their money by shopping around for Christmas food and drink. In its taste tests, Sainsbury’s Blanc de Noirs champagne (£20.99) was rated better than more expensive Moët & Chandon (£31.99). The best Christmas puddings were, respectively, Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Cognac Laced Christmas Pudding (£12), Aldi’s Luxury 12 Month Matured Specially Selected Christmas Pudding (£6.99) and Tesco’s Finest Christmas Pudding with Courvoisier VS Cognac (£7.99).
Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said: “At the end of a really tough year for household finances, our research shows that people can still enjoy the best food and drink at Christmas without breaking the bank.”
- 1 This restaurant has misunderstood the concept of 'cheese and biscuits'
- 2 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
- 3 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 4 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
Spiritual leader allegedly manipulated 400 men into removing testicles to be 'closer to God'
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
£7 - £9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: Are you outgoing? Do you want to work in...
£45000 - £55000 per annum + 30 days holiday: Ashdown Group: Finance Manager - ...
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: 3rd Line Support Engineer / Network ...
£26000 - £33000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Web Developer is required to ...