Prices for most of the items in the song,
including the partridge, two turtle doves, three French hens and
five gold rings, remained steady from last year.
But the cost for 10 lords-a-leaping jumped 10 percent to $5,243
and nine ladies dancing increased by 20 percent to $7,553, PNC
Wealth Management's Christmas Price Index showed.
The company said its sources for calculating the cost of the
items include retailers, the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, the
Philadelphia Dance Company and the Pennsylvania Ballet.
"We were surprised to see such a large increase from a year ago,
given the overall benign inflation rate in the United States,"
said Jim Dunigan, managing executive for investments of PNC
Wealth Management. "But the dancers in the index took a huge
leap this year to play catch up from paltry increases the
previous few years."
The U.S. government's Consumer Price Index increased only 1
percent for the 12 months through September.
Year-over-year increases since the Christmas Price Index began
in 1984 have averaged 2.9 percent, the same number as the U.S.
The only bit of savings on the carol's gift list this year comes
from a 3.2 percent drop in price for the partridge's pear tree,
which costs $184, the company said.
The overall price increase is the largest since 2010, when the
index rose 9.2 percent.
Cyber Monday savings may save Christmas days but not money, PNC
Wealth Management said. Buying one set of the gifts online would
cost almost $39,763, or $12,300 more than making the purchases
True loves intent on a real splurge will pay $114,651 in stores
for the 364-gift tally that amasses from the traditional singing
repetition of all the carol's verses, the analysis showed.
(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Scott Malone and Alden