'And a partridge in a pear tree' for a combined $165
If you suspected prices have gone up this Christmas shopping season, PNC Wealth Management, a Pittsburgh-based financial services company, can confirm your suspicions by citing a familiar carol.
Since 1984, it has used the objects in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" to calculate its Christmas Price Index – factoring in everything from the cost of a single partridge to the going rate (per performance) for a dozen drummers. While most of the items have risen in price over the past year, a few others have held the line.
The shopping list as laid out in the carol, with the percentage of increase since 2006, and the estimated 2007 cost of each item: