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UF Economist: Holiday Sales Test Value Of Consumer Confidence

Published: Dec 30th, 1997

GAINESVILLE — Consumer confidence, which remains relatively strong in the state despite a one-point drop in December, may prove to have little value in predicting Christmas sales based on early reports from this season’s retailers, say University of Florida economists.

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.

Despite Stock Market Problems, Holidays Look Healthy For Retailers

Published: Oct 28th, 1997

GAINESVILLE — Even with a stock market experiencing some turbulence, Florida’s consumer confidence continued its uphill trend in October and pointed toward a happy holiday season for retailers, University of Florida economists report.

Value Of Some Agricultural Land In Florida Continues To Decline

Published: Oct 2nd, 1997

GAINESVILLE—For the seventh consecutive year, the market value of Florida’s citrus lands has declined as a growing population and foreign agricultural competition continued to take their toll, according to a recent statewide survey conducted at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

UF Economists: Strong Florida Economy Fuels Rebound In Retail Sales

Published: Sep 30th, 1997

GAINESVILLE — Florida’s consumer confidence continued its uphill trend in September, fueling a rebound in retail sales and expectations of a prosperous holiday season for retailers, University of Florida economists report.

UF Study: Computer Companies Top State’s Fastest Growing Businesses

Published: Sep 25th, 1997

GAINESVILLE — This year’s list of Florida’s 100 fastest growing businesses is dominated by companies marketing computers and software, as well as human resource organizations including temporary employment firms, a University of Florida study has found.