Wednesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Sales of existing homes improved for the third consecutive month in June, the National Association of Realtors reported Tuesday in one of several new data points that suggest a steadily better economy. More from McClatchy and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and see the full report from Florida Realtors.
U.S. orange-juice retail sales fell to the lowest level on record as consumers continue to turn away from the breakfast beverage. U.S. consumers bought 36.11 million gallons of orange juice in the four weeks ended July 5, down 8.3 percent from a similar period a year ago. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer is sparring with the Governor of New York over which place is best for businesses. Florida CFO Jeff Atwater has some supportive jobs numbers to back him up. Florida led the country in job creation last month. [Source: WJXT]
The classic idea of retirement is a life of uninterrupted leisure is evolving. With people living longer, they’re more active in the early years of retirement, and many choose to focus this energy on a retirement lifestyle that’s much different than the stereotype. [Source: ABC News]
The back-to-school sales tax holiday on Aug. 1-3 is expected to save Floridians at least $40 million, the Florida Retail Federation said Tuesday. Overall, Florida's back-to-school spending is projected to reach about $5 billion this year, up about 5 percent from last year. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› FreshFutures enrichment program preps Jacksonville teens for 'real world'
The FreshFutures program was developed by Jacksonville-based nonprofit FreshMinistries and gives students 14 to 18 enrichment and training they might not get in high school.
› Florida sues for $20M from failed Digital Domain
The state of Florida has filed a lawsuit seeking to recoup millions of taxpayer dollars provided to the failed Digital Domain film visual effects company.
› Orlando home-price growth outpaces Florida's
Metro Orlando's housing market is not experiencing the big year-over-year price gains it saw in 2013, but increases in the four-county region continue to outpace the state's, a new report shows.
› AutoNation announces plans for car-buying app
AutoNation announced plans to invest $100 million to build a car-buying app that would give users a purchasing experience similar to Amazon.com.
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