VALENTINE'S DAY 2008
Tips and facts about Valentine's Day
Copley News Service
CANDY IS DANDY
Valentine's Day trails Halloween, Easter and Christmas as the holiday with the highest candy sales.
-- 8 billion conversation hearts will be produced this year. That's enough candy to stretch from Rome, Italy, to Valentine, Ariz., and back again 20 times.
-- 10 new conversation heart sayings are introduced each year. Some recent additions include "Yeah Right," "Call Home" and "Puppy Love."
-- More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine's Day. A survey conducted by the Chocolate Manufacturers Association revealed that 50 percent of women will likely give a gift of chocolate to a guy for Valentine's Day. (CNS)
MEN ON VALENTINE'S DAY
-- 75 percent of men said they plan ahead for Valentine's Day even if they don't buy the gifts or flowers until a few days before the holiday.
-- 53 percent of men turn to friends and family to find the perfect present for their sweetheart. Only 10 percent said they relied on the cashier for suggestions.
-- 6 percent of men received Valentine's Day gifts last year, even though men on average dole out more than $130 for candy, cards and other gifts.
-- 34 percent of men say they favor boxed chocolate compared to gourmet, high-end chocolates (25 percent) or conversation hearts (9 percent).
-- 50 percent of men say Valentine's Day is about being romantic -- dispelling the popular belief that it's the holiday that men love to hate.
-- Men age 55 and older were more likely to be nonchalant toward the celebration, compared to their younger (18 to 54) counterparts.
-- Men say they'd rather receive chocolate than flowers on Valentine's Day, especially those over the age of 50. Sixty-eight percent of men age 50 or older say they'd prefer receiving chocolate over flowers from their sweetheart on Valentine's Day, while just 22 percent said they'd rather have the flowers. (CNS)
According to Hallmark:
-- 180 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, making the holiday the second most popular greeting-card-giving occasion. (This total excludes packaged kids valentines for classroom exchanges.)
-- About 40 percent of all Valentine card purchases are made by parents.
-- Nearly 50 percent of all Valentine's Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the observance -- making Valentine's Day a procrastinator's delight. (CNS)
LOOKING FOR LOVE
If you're young and single, the U.S. Census Bureau says women outnumber men. But for those age 65 and older, it's a man's world:
-- 120: The number of single men (never married, widowed or divorced) who are in their 20s for every 100 single women of the same ages.
-- 33: The number of single men (never married, widowed or divorced) age 65 or older for every 100 single women of the same ages. (CNS)
SOURCES: U.S. Census, The National Confectioners Association and Candy USA!
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