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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.

Endangered sawfish focus of national collection and recovery efforts

Endangered sawfish focus of national collection and recovery efforts

Published: Dec 1st, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida, keeper of the world’s shark attack records, is also now overseeing a national records collection for another toothy marine predator: the sawfish.

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 […]

Climate change opens new avenue for spread of invasive plants

Published: Nov 19th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Plants that range northward because of climate change may be better at defending themselves against local enemies than native plants.

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.

Wearing candidate garb won’t keep voters away from polls in Florida

Published: Oct 22nd, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While poll workers in some states will turn away voters who wear political shirts, hats or buttons, wearing your political pride while voting in Florida won’t violate any anti-solicitation laws, a UF political science professor said.

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.

UF entomologists warn Floridians new roaches may be on the way

UF entomologists warn Floridians new roaches may be on the way

Published: Oct 8th, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As if Floridians aren’t bugged enough by roaches, a growing interest among reptile enthusiasts to farm the insects as lizard food could result in several new cockroach varieties invading the state, University of Florida entomologists warn.

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.