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Survey Finds Shoplifting And Employee Theft Cost Retailers Billions

Published: Nov 26th, 1997

GAINESVILLE — The nation’s retailers lost an estimated $25.7 billion last year from employee theft, shoplifting, administrative error and vendor fraud, according to the seventh annual National Retail Security Survey. The survey of retail security executives by researchers at the University of Florida was released today.

Americans Ring In The Holiday Season With Still More Credit Card Debt

Published: Nov 26th, 1997

GAINESVILLE — With the busiest shopping day of the year upon them, millions of American shoppers will be reaching for their credit cards to spread a little holiday cheer and a lot of post-holiday debt.

UF Economists: Consumer Confidence Experiences First Drop In Months

Published: Nov 25th, 1997

GAINESVILLE — Even though Florida’s consumer confidence fell in November for the first time in seven months, its relative strength bodes well for lucrative holiday sales, University of Florida economists report.

UF Helps Animals Get Leftover Treats From Theme Parks and Restaurants

Published: Nov 25th, 1997

GAINESVILLE — You’ve eaten your Thanksgiving dinner, cleaned up the kitchen and scraped the leftovers into Fido’s dish. That’s easy for one family, but what do you do if you’re, say, Walt Disney World and you have 35 tons of leftovers to get rid of — every day of the year?

UF Survey: Shoppers Say Stores Jump The Gun With Christmas Displays

Published: Nov 24th, 1997

GAINESVILLE — If it seemed like the plastic light-up Santa Claus in the toy aisle was dangerously close to rubbing elbows with the Fourth of July Uncle Sam cutout over in lawn and garden, join the crowd: Most people think retailers are putting up their Christmas displays earlier than ever, according to a recent University of Florida survey.

Rice Industry and Consumers Can Reap Benefits Of Adding Silicon To Soils

Published: Nov 21st, 1997

BELLE GLADE—Instead of using expensive pesticides to control crop diseases, South Florida rice growers can save thousands of dollars in production costs and boost yields simply by adding some silicon to the soil.

UF/UC Researchers Design Fusion Reactor To Power The Future

Published: Nov 20th, 1997

GAINESVILLE — Researchers at the University of Florida and University of California, Irvine, have designed a fusion reactor that will produce electricity twice as efficiently as a traditional coal-burning power plant and, unlike nuclear power plants, will involve no radioactive fuels or byproducts.

Students With Drinking Problems Think They Can’t Cope, UF Research Shows

Published: Nov 20th, 1997

GAINESVILLE—College students who feel unable to cope with bad moods are much more likely than their peers to become problem drinkers, a new University of Florida study indicates.

El Niño Forecasting Model Could Save Millions In Energy Costs

Published: Nov 18th, 1997

GAINESVILLE — A computerized forecasting model designed to predict more accurately the financial impact of El Niño weather patterns could save millions of dollars in energy costs in affected countries, including the United States, says a University of Florida professor who helped create the model.

Can Trees And Bushes Help Stop Terrorist Acts? UF Students Say Yes

Published: Nov 14th, 1997

GAINESVILLE — A group of University of Florida students is helping the Department of Defense see if such seemingly unlikely things as landscaping and street design can help protect a military installation in the midst of a tourist mecca from a terrorist bomb blast.