Variation in cut Christmas tree prices is highlighted

A survey of cut Christmas tree prices shows a wide range of prices, even among discounters.

For a 5ft-6ft standard Nordmann fir, prices start at £9.99 at JTF, which has sourced 20,000 German-grown trees available at that retail price.

Real trees have been seen at Home Bargains at £11.99, while B&Q is advertising a cut 5ft Nordmann at £15 on its website.

Aldi has been promoting Nordmanns at £19.99, while The Range has trees for sale at £20.  

Homebase is advertising 5-6ft cut Nordmanns at £35, while Dobbies typifies the garden centre offer with a UK-grown 6ft Nordmann at £49.99.

At the top end, Waitrose has a 6ft delivered Nordmann at £75.

Around 6m real trees will sell this year, with up to 2m imported, including 1.6m from Denmark. The weak euro and over-production and subsequent imports from the continent is a feature of this season.

It is estimated that the global market for Christmas trees is worth £2.7bn. In Europe alone 60 million trees are sold every year. There are 40m sold in the USA, which with Canada and Denmark are the world's biggest producers. Some 80 per cent of US trees bought are artificial and made in China.

JTF senior buyer Gerrard Smith said: "JTF’s 6ft cut Nordmann is receiving great feedback from our customers and is selling in big volumes.  We expect to ‘sell out’ and are finding that it appeals to not only individuals for their own homes, but also to small businesses that are looking to sell trees on."

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