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Monday, December 5, 2016
Blame wages and turtle doves: '12 Days' now costs $34,363
PITTSBURGH (AP) — 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 from $290 to $375 this year, but nine of the other 12 gifts listed in the carol stayed the same price or became cheaper, including a partridge in a pear tree, 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.
Thomas Melcher, chief Investment officers for PNC Asset Management Group, said the increasing wages of drummers and pipers could signal a march toward higher wages for a broader range of workers in 2017. He said he wouldn't be surprised to see increases coming for the eight maids-a-milking, nine ladies dancing and 10 lords-a-leaping.
"There are some underlying inflationary pressures that seem to be building," Melcher said.
The price of five gold rings, as tracked by PNC, hasn't gone up in three years, even though the price of gold as a commodity has.
"At a certain point, the end product should begin to reflect the price appreciation of the commodity," Melcher said.