Consumer sentiment among Floridians increased slightly in November to 90.2, up four-tenths of a point from October's revised figure of 89.8, according to the latest University of Florida consumer survey. This is the first reading after the national presidential election. Because the survey procedures attempt to spread out the interviews over every day of the month, around 40 percent were completed before the presidential election was decided, and 60 percent afterward. "Consumer sentiment in Florida remained stable throughout the presidential election process. Over the past year, consumer sentiment has fluctuated between a low of 88.1 and a high of 94.1, averaging 91.1 points," said Hector H. Sandoval, director of the Economic Analysis Program at UF's Bureau of Economic and Business Research. Among the five components that make up the index, two decreased and three increased. Perceptions of one's personal financial situation now compared with a year ago showed the greatest decrease this month, dropping 4.1 points from 84.8 to 80.7. This downturn is shared by all Floridians with the exception of those with incomes above $50,000. Opinions as to whether now is a good time to buy a big-ticket item such as an appliance rose 2.5 points, from 90.3 to 92.8. "As the election approached,...

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