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Consumer spending posts biggest rise in five months
U.S. consumer spending got off to a fairly firm start in the third quarter, rising by the most in five months and offering hope economic growth would pick up this quarter. The Commerce Department said consumer spending increased 0.4 percent in July after a flat reading in June. Last month's rise in consumption, which accounts for 70 percent of U.S. economic activity, was in line with economists' expectations. More at Reuters.
Florida Trend's Amy Keller shares updates and photos from this morning's breakfast with the Florida delegation at the RNC. Speakers included New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former UN Ambassador John Bolton and others. Full story...
Florida enters fresh vs. frozen food fight in Congress
The fresh-versus-frozen lobbying tussle centers on a tiny but popular federal program – known as the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program -- that provides free extra snacks to schools in low-income neighborhoods. But it raises a larger nutritional debate as well as a clash between economic interests. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
South Florida economy hoping for a fall pickup
South Florida’s economy needs to shake off its summer slump. After strong growth to start the year, hiring remains stalled throughout the region. More at the Miami Herald.
Five social media marketing mistakes
Building your company’s social media presence takes time and effort, and it starts with a solid strategy that includes goals and measurements. However, even the best strategy can be undermined by common mistakes that you may not even realize you are making. Here are five of them at Florida Today.
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