SLIDESHOW: Valentine's Day By the Numbers
- Only 4% Get Married in February
Despite all the love in the air the thought of February wedding is often met with a chilly
reception. In fact, only 4% of couples will get married during second month of the year.
(Source: Statistics Canada)
- Canadians Spent $2.8 Billion on Jewelry in 2009
When it comes to bling Canadians don't hold back. In 2009, retail sales of jewellery and watches reached $2.8 billion. And that's in a recession! (Source: Statistics Canada)
- 11% Get These for Valentine's Day
Oddly, 11% of Canadians will receive a pair of jumper cables as a Valentine's gift.
- 12.8 Million Roses Are Sold Each Year
A rose by any other name would not be as profitable. In 2009 12.8 million rose stems were
produced in Canada. (Source: Statistics Canada)
- $10 Million Worth of Lingerie is Sold in Run-Up to V Day
Buying lingerie during this time of year seems like a no-brainer, but according to global
information company The NDP Group the sale of plus sized lingerie outpaces regular sizes.
While their slimmer counterparts experience a decline in sales in the first two quarters of
the year, the sale of plus sized intimates soars just in time for Valentine's Day. In 2012,
purchases of intimates for fluffy divas reached $10 million dollars in the first quarter alone.
- V-Day Chocolate Sales Are $11 Billion Worldwide
In Japan it is women who shower their men with gifts that represent their affection. At $11 billion in sales, chocolate is a go-to choice for Valentine's Day. But not all chocolate gifts are created equal, though. If you happen to be a male colleague of a Japanese lady, it's highly unlikely she'll shell out big yen for you. The more expensive chocolates are reserved for the hommei (which means true love in Japanese), usually their husband or lover.
- Roses Rise in Price to $80 a Dozen at V Day
Want to seal the deal with flowers? In the U.S., purchasing a dozen roses just in time for V-Day will cost you a little more. The average cost of a bouquet of roses is $80 compared to
$60 during another time of the year. (Source: Online MBA)
- Who Should Pay the Bill? Votes Split Three Ways
Should you go Dutch on Valentine's Day? According to recent survey 33% thought that men should pick up the dinner tab; 31% said it should be split down the middle; 31% believed
that it should alternate back and forth, and 5% thought it was a woman's responsibility.
- 8.6 Million Corks Will Pop
Love to crack open a bottle of bubbly? Apparently, you're not alone. In the U.S. 8.6 million bottles will be opened specifically for this lovely occasion. This equates to 174,000 gallons sold throughout the run up to the holiday.
- February is Divorce Month
It's not just singletons that loathe Valentine's Day. Each year around the middle of February there is an estimated 40% increase in requests for divorce lawyers.