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Florida consumer confidence hits lowest level in more than five years

Published: Dec 21st, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The housing crisis, a declining stock market and higher gas prices are all to blame for a two-point drop in Florida’s consumer confidence to 74, its lowest level in more than five years, a new University of Florida study finds.

UF researcher: Unions must recruit blacks in order to regain influence

Published: Dec 19th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — America’s faltering labor movement will not survive unless unions do more to embrace blacks and other minority workers, says a University of Florida researcher and author of a new book.

UF survey: Florida’s real estate report mixed instead of entirely bad

Published: Dec 6th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — All is not gloom and doom with Florida real estate, according to the latest University of Florida study, which finds a positive outlook for commercial properties despite the bad news in the housing market.

UF announces plans to build new life science, technology incubator

Published: Nov 30th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida has reached an agreement with an internationally recognized developer to create up to 160,000 square feet of life science- and technology-related laboratory and office space on the UF campus, President Bernie Machen announced today.

Dip in Florida’s consumer confidence likely to hurt holiday retail sales

Published: Nov 27th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence dropped two points to 77 in November, portending lackluster sales for the holiday retail season, a new University of Florida study finds.

Low-income households boost Florida’s consumer confidence

Published: Oct 30th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence rose three points to 80 in October largely due to optimism among low-income residents, a new University of Florida study finds.

Retail holiday shopping outlook looks good despite economic setbacks

Published: Oct 11th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The approaching holidays may be merrier than expected for retailers. Despite a troubled housing market and higher gas prices, Florida consumers say they intend to spend more this season than they did last year, a new University of Florida survey shows.

Florida’s consumer confidence rises slightly but expected to dip again

Published: Sep 25th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence inched up one point to 79 in September but is likely to continue its downward trend in the coming months thanks to higher gas prices and an expansion of the housing downturn to other segments of the economy, a new University of Florida study finds.

Florida’s housing market shows surprising resilience despite pessimism

Published: Sep 4th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite the bleak real estate outlook nationwide, Florida’s new home market appears for now to be stabilizing as a result of persistent demand for homes and lack of overbuilding, according to a University of Florida study released today.

Housing market woes spread, dampening Florida’s consumer confidence

Published: Aug 28th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The latest round of bad news in the housing market dealt a blow to consumer confidence in August, causing a three-point drop to 78, its lowest level in a year, a new University of Florida study finds.