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UF Economists: Consumer Confidence Dips Amid national Economy Fears

Published: Dec 31st, 1998

GAINESVILLE — Concerns about the health of the national economy caused consumer confidence in Florida to slump in December, but conditions in the state remain strong and the outlook brighter than for the rest of the country, University of Florida economists report.

Women As Likely As Men To Last-Minute Christmas Shop, Survey Shows

Published: Dec 18th, 1998

GAINESVILLE — It’s 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and the local mall is jammed with men charging through their last-minute shopping while their wives or girlfriends sit at home gloating because they were finished weeks ago.

UF Researchers: For The Best Decisions, Use a Simple Majority Vote

Published: Dec 17th, 1998

GAINESVILLE — A committee has just arrived at a final list of five applicants for an important job opening. In order to be a finalist, a candidate must receive a yes’ vote from a specified majority of the committee.

Stock Market Rally, Elections Prompt Jump In Florida Consumer Confidence

Published: Nov 24th, 1998

GAINESVILLE — A dramatic rebound on Wall Street and satisfaction with the November elections led to a pronounced turnaround in consumer confidence among Floridians this month, bucking the normal year-end pattern and raising optimism of a good holiday shopping season for retailers, University of Florida economists say.

UF Study: Retailers Get Unexpected Benefits From Lenient Return Policies

Published: Nov 20th, 1998

GAINESVILLE — To make money this holiday season, retailers should be more lenient in accepting returned merchandise from the growing number of long-distance customers who buy from catalogs or the Internet, a new University of Florida study suggests.

Survey Shows Shoplifting And Employee Theft Continue To Cost Billions

Published: Nov 20th, 1998

GAINESVILLE — Employee theft, shoplifting, administrative error and vendor fraud continue to rob the nation’s retailers of billions of dollars, this loss translates into higher consumer prices and cost the nation’s retailers nearly $26 billion annually, according to the just-released 1998 National Retail Security Survey.

New Forest Owners Prefer Enjoying Their Land Over Working It

Published: Nov 19th, 1998

GAINESVILLE A dramatic shift in the demographics of Florida’s private forest landowners indicates the traditional farmer may be giving way to the more white-collar, absentee landowner, according to a recent University of Florida survey.

UF Economists: Consumer Confidence Keeps Declining As Holidays Near

Published: Oct 27th, 1998

GAINESVILLE — Fears that the international financial crisis could drag America down caused consumer confidence in Florida to drop in October for the third consecutive month, dampening the outlook for holiday sales, University of Florida economists report.

UF Study Finds Florida’s Home Ownership Rate Exceeds The Nation

Published: Oct 13th, 1998

GAINESVILLE — Despite its image as a condominium haven for retirees and the footloose, Florida is really a down-home state with record numbers of homeowners, a new University of Florida study shows.

UF Economists: Consumer Confidence Drops Amid Growing Pessimism

Published: Sep 29th, 1998

GAINESVILLE — Florida’s consumer confidence index fell sharply in September, hitting its lowest point in 16 months and reflecting growing pessimism about everything from personal finances to short-term business conditions, University of Florida economists report.