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Consumer confidence inches up as worst of BP oil spill crisis ends

Published: Sep 28th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The sealing of the BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico put a stop to the hemorrhaging of Florida’s consumer confidence, which rose two points to 68 in September, its highest level since May according to a new University of Florida survey.

Florida’s population grows again after first decline since mid-1940s

Published: Sep 2nd, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After declining for the first time since the end of World War II, Florida’s population grew once again last year, a hopeful yet tentative sign that the worst of the recession may have passed, according to the latest preliminary population estimates from the University of Florida.