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Ranks of super-rich Floridians on the rise

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Surprise jump in Florida consumer confidence

Floridians haven't been this confident about economic conditions in a long time — nearly eight years — based on a monthly University of Florida survey released Tuesday. UF resear …

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Tech Data's quarterly profit beats estimates

Tech Data reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit Tuesday and global sales rose steadily, the latest sign that Tampa Bay's biggest public company by revenue has got its groove back. …

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  1. Trigaux: If you're not mad at Duke Energy, you're not paying attention

    Energy

    If Duke Energy keeps up its remarkably self serving agenda, the company should update its corporate slogan. Here's a suggestion.

  2. Unusual Tampa charity Mercy Foundation Group raises red flags

    Real Estate

    It seems like a win-win:

    A company stuck with a shuttered factory or vacant office building gets a big tax deduction for selling at a bargain price to a non-profit organization. The nonprofit fixes up the property and leases or re-sells it, raising money for charity.

  3. National Gypsum banking on taking its Purple drywall to customers

    Business

    APOLLO BEACH — At the height of the housing boom, the drywall industry was producing 38 billion square feet of product a year.

  4. Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices (w/ photo gallery)

    Retail

    DES MOINES, Iowa — After several tough years, the nation's Christmas tree growers are happy to see higher prices, but customers shouldn't worry too much.

    Christmas trees sit covered in snow on the family-run Howell Tree Farm, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Cumming, Iowa. After several tough years, the nation’s Christmas-tree growers are happy to see higher prices, but customers shouldn't worry too much. [Associated Press]
  5. USF medical school's proposed move to downtown Tampa part of a trend

    Business

    TAMPA — The University of South Florida is not alone in its ambitions to build a medical school in the heart of a city.

    The University of South Florida wants to incorporate its new Morsani College of Medicine with its Heart Health Institute, a new venture proposed for this downtown Tampa location.
  6. Shoppers came out on Thanksgiving to beat the Black Friday rush

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG

    They could have been at home, cozy and warm, sleeping off their gravy-slathered traditions and dreaming of pie.

    Kelli Flory, right, of Clearwater pulled two carts full of gifts for her three children Thursday at a Toys ’R’ Us in St. Petersburg. The store, as well as others, opened for Black Friday shopping at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  7. With welders needed, grant to Tampa college aims to fill a skills gap

    Economic Development

    TAMPA — In hindsight, Todd Singleton says he left the Air Force at the worst time.

    After spending 20 years in the Air Force, Todd Singleton, 44, is now enrolled in the Hillsborough Community College welding program on E Columbus Drive in Tampa.
  8. The object Best Buy shoppers desire: One TV to rule them all

    ST. PETERSBURG — If you don't know what it is, frankly, you don't belong here. In the (Florida) cold, on the pavement, outside of the Tyrone Square Mall Best Buy. This is just for the die-hards.

  9. Scenes from a Kmart on Thanksgiving as shoppers seek deals

    Retail

    KENNETH CITY — The Kmart parking lot did not smell of turkey fat or pumpkin pie and it was not full of fixings. There were no hastily assembled tents or anxious shoppers swaddled in blankets atop small beach chairs.

  10. Finance group ranks stores for best Black Friday discounts

    Retail

    The personal finance group WalletHub ranked a number of retailers when it comes to Black Friday deals.

    JCPenney took the top spot on a list of stores that have the best deals on Black Friday compiled by personal finance group WalletHub.