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Consumer confidence rises over optimism about the future

Published: Dec 24th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians rose five points to 67 in December, reflecting optimism about new presidential leadership in January despite unprecedented pessimism about personal finances, a new University of Florida study finds.

Dip in consumer confidence signals disappointing holiday retail season

Published: Nov 25th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians fell one point to 62 in November and is expected to remain low through December, ushering in what may be the worst holiday […]

Floridians expect to dramatically reduce holiday shopping, survey shows

Published: Nov 19th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Tough economic times are forcing Florida consumers to drastically cut plans for holiday spending, leaving retailers with what may be their worst season in decades, according to telephone surveys of more than 500 state residents.

Finance worries cause Florida consumer confidence to drop

Published: Oct 28th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians plummeted eights points to 60 in October, reflecting people’s concerns about the volatility of financial markets and portending a shaky holiday season for retailers, a new University of Florida study finds.

Recent financial crisis fails to hurt confidence in Florida real estate

Published: Oct 20th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The national economic crisis has failed to rattle Florida real estate experts, who, despite serious concerns about the availability of financing, remain surprisingly calm about market conditions within the state, a new University of Florida survey finds.

Caribbean hotels go green in great numbers, UF study finds

Published: Oct 9th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hotels in the Caribbean are going green.

Florida consumer confidence rises for third consecutive month, study finds

Published: Sep 30th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians rose three points in September to 70, marking the third month of increases since the index hit its all-time low of 59 in June, a new University of Florida study finds.

Ideas about sex roles may affect wages more than economics, society

Published: Sep 22nd, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Men’s and women’s attitudes about their proper place at work and home may matter as much as economic forces when it comes to how much money they make, a new University of Florida study finds.

Individual economic troubles pose the largest threat to Florida tourism

Published: Sep 4th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite rising airline ticket prices, scorching temperatures, terrorism worries and the ever-looming threat of hurricanes, out-of-state tourists are still lining up to fly to the Sunshine State – if they can find the money, that is.

Florida consumer confidence rises as residents adjust to bad economy

Published: Aug 26th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Consumer confidence among Floridians made huge gains in August, rising six points to 67 from its revised July index, suggesting a turning point as state residents come to grips with the bleak economic picture, a new University of Florida study finds.