Valentine's Day numbers

Friday, February 8, 2008 | 3:31 p.m. CST; updated 11:57 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Ever wonder how many roses are delivered on Valentine’s Day? How many people mail cards? Buy jewelry?

A few numbers will give you an idea of just how popular the day is.


— New sayings on conversation hearts introduced every year, according to the National Confectioners Association.


— Times more flowers sold on Valentine’s Day compared to an average day, according to My Secret Garden, 16 N. Ninth St.


— Percent increase over regular business, says Daniel’s Jewelers, 2101 W. Broadway.


— Pounds of candy a single person consumed in 2003, the U.S. Census Bureau reported.


— Orchids sold the week before Valentine’s Day, compared to 10 or 12 during a normal week, says Orchids & Art, 10 W. Nifong Blvd.

2.2 million

— Marriages in the United States every year, the U.S. Census Bureau reported. That is roughly 6,000 a day.

190 million ­— Cards purchased for Valentine’s Day, reported.

214 million

— Roses grown for the day, according to

8 billion

— Conversation hearts produced this year, the National Confectioners Association reported.

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Mark Foecking February 14, 2008 | 8:47 a.m.

I wonder what the ratio of the value of gifts from men to women vs. that from women to men is? This is supposed to be an age of equality...


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