Business briefs: Manatee to host workshop for lenders, Realtors

June 28, 2014 

MANATEE COUNTY -- Manatee County Neighborhood Services Department will conduct a workshop for lenders and Realtors who assist homebuyers through the State Housing Initiative Partnership down payment assistance program.

The workshop will be on July 11, from 9 to 11 a.m., in the fourth floor Manatee Room of the County Administration Building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Those attending are asked to reserve a spot by calling 941-749-3029 or e-mail

SHIP funding becomes available on July 21. Interested applicants can access down payment assistance for new construction and existing home purchases by visiting the county's down payment assistance site.

For information on Manatee County government, visit or call (941) 748-4501 or follow on Facebook at and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.

Packaging error prompts Nestle ice cream recall

NEW YORK -- Nestle USA is recalling 10,000 cartons of Haagen-Dazs chocolate peanut butter ice cream because the packages are mislabeled.

The company says the lids of the ice cream are labeled correctly, but the list of ingredients describes chocolate chip ice cream and does not say that the package contains peanuts. That could create a hazard for people with peanut allergies.

The recall affects 14-ounce cartons of ice cream with a best-by date of May 13, 2015. The ice cream was made on May 13 and has been distributed in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Confidence up amid gains of personal finances

WASHINGTON -- Consumer confidence rose slightly this month as Americans reported the strongest gains in their personal financial situation in seven years, according to results of a leading private survey released Friday.

The consumer sentiment index from the University of Michigan and Thomson Reuters rose to 82.5, from 81.9 in May. The increase was slightly above analysts' expectations.

The index has remained relatively consistent over the last six months even though the economy took a nose dive in the first quarter.

The Commerce Department said this week the economy contracted at a 2.9 percent annual rate from January through March, the worst performance since the Great Recession. But economists attributed the dismal performance largely to extreme weather in much of the nation. Recent data have indicated a strong rebound in the

second quarter.

The Conference Board, the other leading tracker of consumer sentiment, said this week that its confidence index for June jumped to its highest level since January 2008.

The readings are important because consumers account for about 70 percent of all economic activity.

-- Herald staff and wire reports

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