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Holiday Retailers Experience Soft Sales, Say UF Economists

Published: Dec 30th, 1996

GAINESVILLE — A mediocre holiday season for retailers, stagnant wages and record-high consumer debt translated into a slightly gloomy outlook for Florida consumers in December, say University of Florida economists.

Kwanzaa Goes Mainstream As It Gains Acceptance Among Retailers

Published: Dec 24th, 1996

GAINESVILLE — Among the Santa Clauses, mangers and Menorahs of retail and grocery store displays, colorful swatches of African cloth are becoming more common across the country.

UF Researcher: Self-Centeredness Plays Role In Holiday Gift Exchange

Published: Dec 19th, 1996

GAINESVILLE — The apparent selflessness of holiday gift-giving is more likely to be a selfish ruse to make the presenter look thoughtful, considerate or loving, a new University of Florida study finds.

Insurance Industry Braces For Another Busy Hurricane Season

Published: Dec 10th, 1996

GAINESVILLE — Next year’s Atlantic hurricane season promises more storms – not a good prediction for South Florida, which still is paying for Andrew’s strike four years ago, said University of Florida professors.

This Year’s Citrus Crop May Bring Lower Prices To Florida Consumers, Growers

Published: Dec 6th, 1996

GAINESVILLE—Consumers may see a decline in orange juice prices at their grocery stores this spring, just as citrus growers around the state feel the effects of this year’s bumper citrus crop.

UF Economists: Post-Election Optimism May Lead To Higher Holiday Sales

Published: Nov 27th, 1996

GAINESVILLE — Strong consumer confidence may translate into good holiday sales for retailers, say University of Florida economists.

From Hogs To Lottery Tickets, Abstract Answers Florida’s Questions

Published: Nov 22nd, 1996

GAINESVILLE—A typical phone call in a typical day for Carol McLarty might be from a reporter wanting to know where Florida ranks in U.S. hog production.

UF Survey Shows Retail Theft Has A Multibillion Impact On U.S. Economy

Published: Nov 21st, 1996

GAINESVILLE — A comprehensive national retail industry survey released today reveals retailers lost $27 billion, or 1.87 percent of their total 1995 annual sales to a combination of employee and customer theft, administrative error and vendor fraud.

Brand Names Hinder School Uniform Policies, Says UF Researcher

Published: Oct 2nd, 1996

GAINESVILLE — Prestigious labels on brand-name clothes are so important to children that they jeopardize the success of much-touted school uniform policies, says a University of Florida researcher.

UF Economist: Peso Devaluation To Blame For Growers’ Woes

Published: Sep 24th, 1996

GAINESVILLE—Devaluation of the peso by the Mexican government is to blame for trade disadvantages that have hurt Florida’s vegetable growers for the past two years, according to University of Florida research.