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Christmas tree sales expected to overcome drought, economic woes

3:14 AM, Nov. 30, 2012
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Christmas tree sales in central Wisconsin are continuing the rebound that began a year ago, but retailers and growers are concerned that hard times may be ahead.

Roughly 30.8 million Christmas trees were purchased in 2011 in the U.S., up from 27 million in 2010, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. And sales are expected to pick up locally this weekend, when the calendar flips to December and Christmas preparation becomes a bit more urgent.

But both growers and retailers are concerned that the drought that decimated some crops this summer might also have left its mark on tree ...

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