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Christmas tree prices set to soar.

Byline: STEWART FOWLER

THE price of Christmas trees is set to rocket because crops across Europe have virtually been wiped out by the summer drought.

Prices could soar because of the crisis. The popular Norwegian Spruce - which accounts for 70 per cent of annual sales - is set to rise from pounds 12 to almost pounds 20.

And even if you can find a tree it may not be up to the usual standard and could have BROWN needles instead of green.

Roger Hay of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association said: "There are a number of problems caused by this year's intense heat.

"There is a lack of colour in some trees because they require a great deal of water and many growers have lost their crops.

"There will certainly be an increase in price and a shortage of potted Christmas trees this year."

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Nov 9, 2003
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