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Christmas tree shortage

You already have noticed there aren't as many Christmas trees available this year as in years past and the prices are higher.

That's because a shortage of trees south of the border is causing a domino effect across B.C., where sellers normally rely on imports to meet demand.

According to the U.S. National Christmas Tree Association, suppliers planted fewer seedlings during the recession of 2008, when prices and sales saw a slump.

The decreased supply is also causing price hikes right across the province. Local retailers are blaming higher wholesale costs from suppliers in Washington and Oregon for the higher price tags facing Canadian consumers.

-With files from CTV



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