Valentine's Day spending expected to reach $19.6 billion

Valentine's Day spending expected to reach $19.6 billion

The lion's share of the cash was spent on Valentine's Day staples: dinner ($13.6m), followed by liquor ($7m) and rounded out by flowers ($3.2m).

This is the only time of year that Flowers With Love, bought by Hossini in 1998 from the original owner, does a lot of walk-in business.

"We sell mostly red roses, some smelling oriental lilies", Mrs Swift said. 250 million roses will be produced for Valentine's Day according to SAF estimates.

A mainstay in Louisville for 70 years, Susan's Florist has a big presence here that you might not even realize.

If you're a hopeless romantic with a bank balance that is just as hopeless, budget supermarkets Lidl are offering a dozen roses for £4, which rival Aldi have a bouquet for £5.

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"We do a lot of dads to daughters".

But while 80 per cent of Baby Boomers will avoid the day of love, only 47 per cent of Gen Ys will boycott it. "If they do talk to an order taker, they are not professional designers nor do they know what we have in our shop", she said.

Downtown in the 1200 block of Eighth Street at Mark Knox Flowers, General Manager Tom Williams described the flower factory the shop would become, a couple weeks after setting up the showroom of stuffed animals, sweets and gift baskets. It's no longer left until the last minute, as the majority (32%) of Valentine's purchases in South Africa are made on the 11th February. Fields has been a florist for over 30 years. "In addition, the increase in e-commerce transactions around Valentine's Day points in the direction of a growing online shopping culture in the country, supported by the fast adoption of mobile payment solutions such as Masterpass, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay", said Girish Nanda, General Manager, UAE & Oman, Mastercard.

Baker said it is important to be patient when it comes to getting the deliveries done, but all of the flowers will be delivered by the end of the day.

Gardenista, a floral arrangement and gardening resource, tested a variety of methods for preserving flowers and found much of the same results across the board. Last year, Williams said, he ordered too few roses, forcing him to make last-minute orders at an extra cost the business had to absorb.

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