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Helium shortage has some retailers scrambling for Valentine’s Day

Florists and party supply stores report having trouble getting their helium tanks filled or seeing price increases for helium as the global scarcity intensifies.

BY JENNIFER PALMER Published: February 7, 2013

A helium shortage is threatening to let the air out of Valentine’s Day sales for some florists and party stores.

Though flowers and chocolates are more common tokens of love, helium-filled balloons are popular as bouquets or added to floral arrangements. But as the global scarcity of helium intensifies, local retailers are reporting it difficult or impossible to get their tanks refilled and, in some cases, the price of helium has ballooned.

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