B.C. shoppers aren’t cheap

<p>British Columbians spend more than the average Canadian to put gifts under the Christmas tree, according to a Statistics Canada study released yesterday.</p>

 

Province spends more than average on gifts: StatsCan

 

Rafe Arnott/metro vancouver

 

A shopper hurries past French Connection on Robson Street yesterday. A Statistics Canada study found clothing stores receive the second-highest boost in sales after electronic shops in December.

 


British Columbians spend more than the average Canadian to put gifts under the Christmas tree, according to a Statistics Canada study released yesterday.



Christmas Shopping: 2006 In Review found people in B.C. spent on average $915 per person last December, compared to the national average of $874.



Home electronics and appliance stores got the highest boost in sales that month, with Vancouver shoppers spending twice as much as they do in other months.



The second most frequented shops were shoe, clothing and accessory stores.



Sam Dixon came to Vancouver from Nanaimo to do her Christmas shopping.



"There’s better shopping in Vancouver, more variety," she said.



Dixon, who has five daughters, said most of her purchases have been made at electronics and clothing stores, adding she spends around $3,000 in December on gifts and groceries.



"Probably about double what we normally spend (in other months)."



She said the Christmas season also means higher fuel, gas, hydro, long distance and grocery bills.



Dixon’s mother, Sandra Northam, who lives in Richmond, said electronics are making up a big portion of her family’s gifts.



"My husband got a laptop (for my son) and I got a digital camera," she said.



"(And) when you shop, you shop for yourself (too)."



kristen.thompson@metronews.ca



KRISTEN THOMPSON/Metro Vancouver

 
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