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Saturday, December 25, 2004

The Cost of Christmas

£30 billion: The amount Britons will spend celebrating Christmas this year

Compiled by Cahal Milmo

The Inedpendent (December 24 2004)


£4.2 billion: The amount Britons spent on cosmetics this Christmas

£4.1 billion: Britain's aid budget for the developing world in 2004

£813: Average spending per adult on celebrating Christmas (£55 less than last year)

£50: The per capita annual income in Ethiopia

£20 million: Amount made by Mark Tilden, British robot expert who invented Robosapien, this year's hit toy

£20 million: Amount nations of sub-Saharan Africa are paying in debt to developed world every sixteen hours


7,000: Average calories consumed by Britons on Christmas Day

780: Minutes running needed to burn off 7,000 calories

7: Number of days a child refugee in Darfur could survive on 7,000 calories

£12: Average cost per head in UK of Christmas lunch

£12: Cost of a month's supply of grain for a family in drought-hit Malawi

30,525: Number of miles your Christmas dinner will have travelled to reach your table - vegetables alone are likely to have come 15,800 miles

4: Miles walked daily by families in developing world in search of water


5 million: Britons will suffer a stomach upset over festive season

2 million: People in developing world killed this year by diarrhoeal disease


244,000: Homes in Britain likely to be burgled over festive season

75,058: Britons spending Christmas in prison

4.2%: Rise in murder rate over Christmas


83 square kilometers: Amount of wrapping paper used (enough to cover 33 Hyde Parks)

3,000,000: Tons of extra rubbish generated - enough to fill 120 million wheelie bins

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