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Florida consumer sentiment in March hits pre-recession level

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Consumer sentiment among Floridians rose last month to the highest level in 15 years, according to the latest University of Florida consumer survey. The reading of 99 in March was the highest since March 2002 and the second-highest since November 2000. The 5.2-point increase in March followed a dip in February, which ended the month with a revised reading of 93.8. All five of the components that make up the index increased. Perception of one’s personal financial situation now compared…

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Retail Federation expects record-breaking St. Patrick’s Day spending in 2017

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St. Patrick’s Day revelers won’t be the only one’s seeing green this year according to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation. The retail trade group estimates those celebrating the Irish holiday will spend $37.92 a piece this year, with total spending expected to top $5.3 billion — a significant jump from last year’s $4.4 billion and good enough for a record. “We continue to see spending on holidays and celebrations reaching or exceeding record highs, which reinforces the…

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Florida consumer sentiment continues upward climb

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Consumer sentiment among Floridians in January ticked up another one-half point to 97.8 — the highest reading since March 2002 — from December’s record-breaking revised figure of 97.3, according to the latest University of Florida consumer survey. Florida’s upward trend also tracks the national figures released last week by the University of Michigan, with the national consumer sentiment index at the highest level since February 2004. Of the five components that make up the Florida index, three increased and two…

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Florida consumer sentiment ticks downward before the election

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Consumer sentiment among Floridians declined 1.5 points in October to 90, according to the latest University of Florida consumer survey. The reading is the last one before the November election. “Consumer sentiment is 1.5 points lower than the current year’s average,” said Hector Sandoval, director of the Economic Analysis Program at UF’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research. Among the five components that make up the index, three decreased, and two increased. Perceptions of one’s personal financial situation now compared…

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