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2020 ends with slight uptick in consumer confidence; 2021 uncertainty looms

Consumer confidence among Floridians ticked up 1.1 points in December to 82.2 from November’s revised figure of 81.1 though consumer sentiment ends 2020 far below the levels recorded before the coronavirus pandemic.

A political disagreement expert’s advice for the holidays

Here's how to keep discussions productive.

The strange impact of the first customer review

A product’s first review can have an outsized effect on the item’s future — it can even cause the product to fail.

From cue cards to river water, Bob Hope saved it. Now it's UF's turn.

A trove of memorabilia from the entertainer’s 80-year career is enshrined in the Popular Culture Collections at the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries, where it will be cataloged and made available for students, researchers and the public.

Why the U.S. needs federal regulation of facial recognition — and how to get it right

Few restrictions govern what’s done with your faceprint once it's captured. Federal guidelines could help.

Positive COVID-19 vaccine news does not stem consumer sentiment decline in November

Consumer sentiment among Floridians dipped for the second consecutive month in November to 80.9, dropping 3.5 points from a revised figure of 84.4 in October. Similarly, the University of Michigan’s nationwide index of consumer sentiment decreased 4.9 points.

Pent-up travel demand could drive Americans to get COVID-19 vaccine

In a nationwide survey of Americans who have traveled for leisure in the past year, 63% said they were likely or very likely to get the coronavirus vaccine. Of those, 74% said they were motivated by travel.

Consumer sentiment falls in October, dragging into the holiday season

After the largest one-month gain in consumer confidence since the pandemic started in September, consumer sentiment among Floridians dropped 2 points in October to 84.4 from a revised September figure of 86.4.

The message behind a UF professor’s Grammy-winning song

Through his music, José Valentino Ruiz explores the importance of listening to others. It couldn't come at a better time.

Study reveals gender bias in TA evaluations

The female TA got five times as many negative reviews as the male TA — but they were the same person.

September consumer sentiment signals rise in public’s economic attitude

Consumer sentiment among Floridians surged in September 6.3 points to 85.1 from August’s revised figure of 78.8. Similarly, national consumer sentiment increased 4.8 points.

Florida’s consumer sentiment falls again in August

Consumer sentiment among Floridians dipped for a consecutive month in August to 78.4, dropping 2.1 points from a revised figure of 80.5 in July.