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It Wouldn't Be Christmas Without Statistics!

Christmas: 2004 20 December 2004 It Wouldn't Be Christmas Without Statistics!

Some History

Imports from 100 years ago The annual domestic consumption of the following, all ingredients of Christmas cakes and puddings, was: Currants 2,747,090 pounds Raisins 2, 958,466 pounds Sugar (refined) 91,836,904 pounds Spice (ground) 21,532 pounds Brandy 3,017 gallons (One pound = approximately 450 grams; one gallon = approximately 4.5 litres. Source: New Zealand Official Yearbook 1905

Born on Christmas Day The 2001 Census of Population and Dwellings found there were 8,613 New Zealand residents whose birthdays fell on Christmas Day. Christmas Expectations Based on results from the last few years, this Christmas New Zealand can expect -

Vacancy/no vacancy Commercial accommodation establishments to host more than 53,500 guests. Season of giving Department store turnover to be 92 percent higher than the average for other months.

Home for Christmas Short-term departures of people - going home - to places like the United States, Canada, Malaysia, Pacific islands and North-East Asian countries to nearly double. Christmas joy ƒnƒnOne hundred and five babies to be born on Christmas Day.

Brian Pink

Government Statistician


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