Valentine's Day By the Numbers

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Which means lots of red, pink, and lace. Sounds like a Prabal Gurung fashion show! But whether you love Valentine's Day, hate it, or—like most people—are relatively indifferent, these stats are pretty interesting:
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Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Which means lots of red, pink, and lace. Sounds like a Prabal Gurung fashion show! But whether you love Valentine's Day, hate it, or—like most people—are relatively indifferent, these stats are pretty interesting:
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Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Which means lots of red, pink, and lace. Sounds like a Prabal Gurung fashion show! But whether you love Valentine's Day, hate it, or—like most people—are relatively indifferent, these stats are pretty interesting:

$18.6 billion. Amount of cash lovers will spend on Valentine's Day in 2013. It's safe to assume most of that will go towards dinner. I'm having lobster! I hope. (source: National Retail Federation)

145 million. Number of paper Valentines Americans will send in 2013. (source: Greeting Card Association)

$130.97. The amount the average person plans to spend on candy, cards, gifts "and more" this Valentine's Day. "And more" obviously means fancy sex toys. (source: National Retail Federation)

239. Number of results that come up when you search "heart sweater" on Shop Style. That's a lot of heart sweaters.

20-30%...more condoms are purchased on Valentine's Day. (source: Durex)

36 million. Number of heart-shaped boxes that will be sold this Valentine's Day. (source: National Confectioners Association)

$1.6 billion. Expected 2013 Valentine's Day candy sales. I suggest going one step further and rush-shipping Laduree macaroons. Call this number: 646-558-3157. (source: National Retail Federation)

$4.4 billion. Jewelry sales. Consider anything from Catbirdnyc.com, Jenniferfisherjewelry.com, or Loveadorned.com. (source: National Retail Federation)

Two in five. Americans who will buy their pets Valentine's Day gifts this year. (source: National Retail Federation)