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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.