The cost of buying your true love all the gifts named in the holiday song "The 12 Days of Christmas" has shot up in 2013, according to a holiday-themed index, significantly outpacing the rate of U.S. inflation.
Buying the presents – which include three French hens, five gold rings and 11 pipers piping - would cost a whopping $27,393.17 this year, analysis PNC Wealth Management revealed.
It marked a 7.7 percent – or almost $2,000 – increase on 2012, and is the largest rise since 2010, when the index shot up 9.2 percent.
By comparison, the U.S. government's Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 1 percent in the 12 months to October, and the so-called core index (which excludes volatile food and energy prices) was 1.7 percent higher over the year.
"We were surprised to see such a large increase from a year ago, given the overall benign inflation rate in the U.S., but the dancers in the index took a huge leap this year to play catch-up from paltry increases the previous few years," Jim Dunigan, managing executive of Investments of PNC Wealth Management said in a press release.
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