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AAA: Tampa Bay-area still least expensive among gas prices

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Gas prices “have held relatively steady for the past two weeks, but now face upward pressure,” according to a recent advisory from the AAA. The national average for one gallon of regular unleaded is $2.25—that’s a penny less than a week ago, but three 3 cents more than this time last year, a news release said. Data comes “from credit card swipes and direct feeds from 120,000 gas stations nationwide.”

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Gloomy outlook keeps Florida consumer sentiment flat in Feb.

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Despite recent good news in the national economy, Floridians’ expectations about personal finances in the coming year were pessimistic, especially among women and people 60 and older, according to the latest University of Florida consumer survey. Consumer sentiment among Floridians fell slightly in February to 91.5—down almost one point from January’s revised reading of 92.4. Among the five components that make up the index, three increased and two declined. Perceptions of the personal financial situation now compared with a year…

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Consumer sentiment drops in December amid personal finance concerns

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Consumer sentiment fell slightly in December to 90.2, down almost 1 point from November’s revised reading, but 2.6 points higher than last December, according to the latest University of Florida consumer survey. Among the five components that make up the index, three declined, and two increased. The perception of the personal financial situation now compared with a year ago dropped 7.3 points to 79.6. The expectation of personal finances one year from now fell one-tenth of a point to 98.4.…

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Florida consumer sentiment ticks up in November in time for holiday sales

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Consumer sentiment among Floridians rose more than 2 points in November to 91.5, up more than 5 points compared with November last year, according to the latest University of Florida consumer survey. Among the five components that make up the index, four increased and one declined. Perception of personal finance now compared with a year ago showed the greatest increase, surging 6.4 points to 86.2. While all income groups had improved readings regarding personal finances, the increase was particularly strong…

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Just in time for Thanksgiving weekend, gas prices hit 7-year low

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To kick off the holiday travel season, gasoline prices are expected to hit seven-year lows for Thanksgiving weekend. Doreen Hemlock of the Orlando Sentinel reports that a gallon of regular gas in Broward County averages $2.21 per gallon as of Monday. That’s down five cents from the previous week and three cents from about a month ago. Compared to last year, the price of gas has dropped $.70. Much is the same in Palm Beach County, where a gallon of…

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Florida consumer confidence drops in October, low-income households gloomiest

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Consumer sentiment among Floridians fell slightly in October to 88.8, down less than half a point from September’s revised reading, according to the latest University of Florida consumer survey. Among the five components that make up the index, one decreased while two increased and two remained unchanged. “The greatest decline in the consumer sentiment index was among those with household income less than $50,000 per year while the biggest increase came from those with incomes above that mark,” said Hector…

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