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Southwest Florida's economic growth has dipped below the state average this year after leading many other major Florida markets for much of the post-Great Recession recovery. Although still rising, business sales from Parrish to Punta Gorda in the
Business sales across Southwest Florida started the year strong, as a record-breaking tourism season brought activity to long-battered cash registers. Even with a lackluster holiday shopping season, total consumer spending regionwide endured its
Goodwill Industries Manasota has been charging its customers too much sales tax at some of its stores...But since Jan. 9, spread over as many as 19 stores, multiplied by potentially thousands of transactions, it could add up quickly...Becky Noble of
Business sales across Southwest Florida spiked at year's end, the result of strengthening consumer confidence and a lackluster Black Friday for retailers that spurred sales in December. Overall, however, December and 2012 sales figures from the
Circle K, a unit of the French-Canadian conglomerate Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. , is one of at least 100 companies and potentially more that have used similar intracompany payments to siphon profits out of Florida in recent years, according to
More people are expected to move to Florida in 2013 than during 2008, 2009 and 2010 combined, as a primary force behind the state's economic growth migration from other states and countries regains momentum after some of the worst years on record.
Business spending across Southwest Florida mirrored a statewide lull during October that saw budget-minded consumers putting money aside for the holidays early last year. Merchants in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties together registered $1.
William DeShazer/Staff Jose Garcia, top left, feeds his son, Jeydren, six months, while his wife, Ana, and children Juztyn, 3, Jalizza, 7, and Joey, 5, enjoy their meal at Miller's Ale House Restaurant at Gulf Coast Town Center in Ft...United Way 211
Businesses' sales across Southwest Florida grew faster in September than in most metropolitan areas and the Sunshine State as a whole, a sign the market's arduous recovery may be strengthening somewhat. Merchants in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte
Consumer spending across Florida swelled through summer, outperforming inflation and giving retailers high expectations for the return of snowbirds this fall. From cars to cupcakes, shoppers showed an increased willingness to open their wallets