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February 19. 2013 7:06PM
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PITTSBURGH — Add seven swans, six geese and five golden rings to the list of Christmas gifts that cost more than they did a year ago.

And if you get all 364 items repeated throughout The Twelve Days of Christmas carol, you'll pay 6.1 percent more this year, according to the annual Christmas Price Index compiled by PNC Wealth Management.

That comes to $107,300.

The rise is larger than expected considering the modest economic growth we've had, said Jim Dunigan, managing executive of investments for PNC.

Here's the breakdown:

• Partridge, $15; last year: same

• Pear tree, $189.99; last year: 169.99

• Two turtle doves, $125; last year: same

• Three French hens, $165; last year: $150

• Four calling birds (canaries), $519.96; last year: same

• Five gold rings, $750; last year: $645

• Six geese a-laying, $210; last year: $162

• Seven swans a-swimming, $7,000; last year: $6,300

• Eight maids a-milking, $58; last year: same

• Nine ladies dancing (per performance), $6,294; last year: same

• 10 lords a-leaping (per performance), $4,767; last year: same

• 11 pipers piping (per performance), $2,562; last year: $2,428

• 12 drummers drumming (per performance), $2,776; last year: $2,630

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