THE WEEK THAT WAS
WINNER: Citizens Property Insurance
State's Citizens Property Insurance closes hurricane season in "best financial shape ever," CEO says.
LOSER: Tampa Bay drivers' wallets
Area gasoline prices averaged $3.43 at the end of the week, a dismal increase from the deliciously low $3.19 charged only one month ago. To think we had visions of sub-$3 gas in our heads!
A new report from analytics firm ShopperTrak pegs Wednesday as the best day to shop with the least amount of store traffic during this year's holiday season. Weekends are likely to be overwhelmed with harried gift-buyers, according to ShopperTrak founder Bill Martin. "There's a reason Black Friday and the Saturday before Christmas attract the heaviest crowds — retailers flood consumers with discounts and special offers on those days," he said. "But quieter shopping days also present their fair share of deals for consumers, along with more attentive customer service and a leisurely shopping experience."
— Los Angeles Times