Inflation is currently pushing many people in the Ruhr area to their limits. Just before the festival, many people ask themselves whether they can even afford the Christmas tree this year. Because the cost of living has exploded in many places in the past few months.
Fuel, gas, electricity, food, building materials and and and. Many companies have had to increase their prices, sometimes extremely, in the past few months. Not only in the Ruhr area, many people therefore have to turn over every cent twice. Do they now have to dig deeper into their pockets when buying a Christmas tree?
Christmas tree in the Ruhr area: This is the prize this year
The answer to that is reassuring. “The prices will remain within the range of the previous year,” promises Eberhard Hennecke from the State Association for Horticulture in North Rhine-Westphalia when asked by DER WESTEN. The board of directors of the specialist group for Christmas tree and greenery producers announced that there could be occasional moderate price increases. But like last year, it would remain at 21 to 27 euros per linear meter of Nordmann fir.
“We can bring you some good news,” says Hennecke, looking at the insane prices of other goods. However, he emphasizes that individual companies could increase their Christmas trees by 1 to 2 euros compared to the previous year. Such a moderate price increase is also their “right” given the rise in fuel prices.
These Christmas trees threaten higher prices
Rudolf Kroll assesses the price development in a similar way. The Christmas tree dealer, who sells his firs in Bochum, Herne and Dortmund, expects a price increase of at most one euro for a 40-euro tree. The purchase prices at wholesalers have increased by three to four percent. But the dealers probably don’t want to pass the price on to consumers, says Kroll.
However, the head of the family business makes a restriction. Larger trees are likely to cost more this year. Only a few of them fit on trucks. The fuel prices are making them more expensive. “But then we’re talking about trees in the five to six meter category,” says Kroll and continues: “That doesn’t apply to the masses, but to hospitals and old people’s homes, for example.”
When buying a Christmas tree, there will be no price shock this year. One can only hope that the budget is not already used up by the cost of living before the festival.