WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23: DESPERATION SHOPPING
Profile America -- Thursday, December 23rd. You can see the desperation in the eyes of shoppers, as the hours of shopping left until Christmas dwindle down. That means that millions of dads, husbands, uncles, brothers and boyfriends have a good chance of finding a familiar, long, thin package under the tree. Inside will be a necktie -- hopefully in an acceptable color and pattern. The situation is such that one of every five ties sold annually is a Christmas gift -- that's why this is National Tie Month. France's King Louis the 14th is credited with making ties popular. He got the idea from the visit of a military regiment from Croatia, whose officers wore bright colored handkerchiefs around their necks. Today in the U.S., making neckties is nearly a $390 million a year business. Profile America is in its 14th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 601
2002 Economic Census, NAICS 315993
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau