WAGES DRIVE COST OF CHRISTMAS UP

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

The slow re­cov­ery of the U.S. econ­omy is con­tin­u­ing to keep the cost of Christmas — or at least the gifts listed in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” — from spi­ral­ing out of con­trol.

The price of two tur­tle doves jumped to $375 from $290 this year, but nine of the other 12 gifts listed in the carol stayed the same price or be­came cheaper, ac­cord­ing to the 33rd an­nual PNC Wealth Man­age­ment Christmas Price In­dex re­leased Thurs­day.

As a re­sult, the over­all cost of the gifts listed in the song in­creased 0.7 per­cent to $34,363, up $233 from last year’s to­tal of $34,131.

Be­sides the tur­tle doves, only the cost of 11 pipers pip­ing and 12 drum­mers drum­ming — both up 2.8 per­cent — in­creased.

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