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Consumer confidence slides for June

BY Allison Cerra

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Consumer sentiment declined more than six points for the month of June, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan’s final index.

The sentiment index was 73.2 in June 2012, down from 79.3 in May, but remaining slightly ahead of the 71.5 in last June’s survey. The survey showed that most of the overall decline reflected how consumers viewed future prospects for the national economy. The survey found that the percent of upper-income households that expected improve finances in the year ahead fell to 24% in June from 37% in May. On the other hand, lower-income households benefitted to a greater degree from the recent declines in gas prices, which completely offset their less favorable outlook for the economy.

"The overall June decline would normally be consistent with a somewhat slower spending growth rate," Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan survey of consumers chief economist Richard Curtin said. "The sharp declines among upper income households; however, may have a greater impact on the economy since their spending accounts for a large share of the total. The June loss among higher income households was associated with a large drop in favorable ratings of economic policies and a growing recognition that federal policies to bridge the fiscal cliff will not even be discussed until the very last minute. This meant that they wanted to adopt more cautious spending plans now to protect their finances from potentially adverse developments."

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Turning Leaf launches Refresh

BY Allison Cerra

MODESTO, Calif. — Turning Leaf has launched a new take on wine.

Refresh features a signature fizz and lighter style than traditional wine, as well as a screw top enclosure. the company said. "It’s Turning Leaf’s mission to craft the best tasting wines that meet theevolving taste profiles of our consumers," Turning Leaf winemaker Stephanie Edge said. "Refresh was created for people seeking a lighter, more refreshing style of wine. Try pouring a glass at your next cocktail hour or in place of a mimosa at brunch to taste for yourself."

Refresh by Turning Leaf is available nationwide in Crisp White, Moscato and Red Moscato varieties for a suggested retail price of $8.

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RediClinic goes mobile for customers on the go

BY Antoinette Alexander

HOUSTON — Retail-based clinic operator RediClinic has gone mobile.

RediClinic has announced that customers on the go now have mobile access to its site, RediClinic.com. By visiting the site, consumers can check out the services offered and promotions, get details on its Weigh Forward program, and more.

RediClinic operates 29 clinics within H-E-B stores in the Greater Houston, Austin and North San Antonio areas.

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