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The cost of ’12 Days of Christmas’ items tops $34,000, up 0.6 percent

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Lords a-leaping is the U.S. economy slow to recover! The cost of 10 lords a-leaping increased 3 percent over last year, but nine of the other 12 gifts listed in the carol The Twelve Days of Christmas stayed the same price as last year, according to the 32nd annual PNC Wealth Management Christmas Price Index released Monday. The index is a whimsical way the Pittsburgh-based bank tracks inflation. The set of gifts spelled out in the final verse of the…

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Florida small business confidence slows in June, new report says

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For the third month in a row, Florida small business owners are taking a fairly cautious view of the U.S. economy, according to a new report from consumer service provider Thumbtack. However, reported sentiment over both current and future economic conditions remains higher than one year ago. On Tuesday, Thumbtack.com released the third installment of its Small Business Sentiment Survey, a monthly assessment of more than 10,000 U.S. independent businesses. The report includes more than 1,000 responses from Florida. Launched in 2009, Thumbtack is a consumer service…

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