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Florida’s consumer confidence retains most of last month’s gains

Published: Nov 30th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence dipped only slightly in November to 72 after a large jump in October, portending good news for holiday retailers as higher levels of optimism remained in effect, according to a new University of Florida survey.

UF researcher: Certain consumer preferences may be inborn

Published: Nov 17th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Genes that might lead to the purchase of designer jeans? Or DNA that helps to create chocoholics? People’s consumer preferences are often influenced by their genetic inheritance, according to a study by a University of Florida researcher.

UF study: Election and high unemployment add to fears for real estate

Published: Nov 1st, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Uncertainty persists in Florida’s real estate markets, aggravated by the state’s high jobless rate and fears about the upcoming election, a new University of Florida survey finds.