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Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield Tops Big Private Companies List

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield Tops Big Private Companies List
Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield sits atop the private companies list, but revenue at Stephens Inc., at No. 2, can only be estimated.

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Little Rock, with revenue doubling in the past five years to nearly $2.5 billion, has taken the top spot on Arkansas Business' annual list of the state's largest private companies.
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Dealership Acquisitions Fuel McLarty Automotive Group This article is available only in print.

Three years after returning home to Arkansas, Mark McLarty has assembled one of the largest auto dealership groups in the nation.
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At Annual Meeting, William Dillard II Says He's Encouraged With Recent Trends

Despite the negative news surrounding the retail industry, Dillard's Inc. CEO William Dillard II said Saturday he is encouraged with some recent trends.
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Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame Inducts 10 for 2017 Class

The Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame on Friday announced ten inductees to its third class, which includes three posthumous honorees and one organization. read more >

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Startup activity in the United States rose in 2016 for the second consecutive year, according to the Kauffman Foundation, a nonprofit based in Kansas City, Missouri, that focuses on education and entrepreneurship. read more >

Wal-Mart Tops 1Q Profit Forecasts, Online Sales Up 63 Percent

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations, and online sales rose 63 percent on what the retailer called "organic" growth at its website. read more >

Target Locked in Game of Shipping Tag with Wal-Mart, Amazon

Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon are engaged in a game of shipping tag, each trying to adjust their free threshold and other shipping strategies to a level that can lure shoppers away from one of the other. read more >

Acxiom Yearly Profit Down; Company Sees Revenue Growth in 2018

Acxiom Corp. of Conway remained profitable in fiscal 2017 and revenue rose 3.5 percent, as the publicly traded data services provider called for more revenue growth in 2018. read more >

Stephens Group Buy Georgia Tool, Equipment Maker

The Stephens Group LLC, the Little Rock investment company led by Witt Stephens Jr. and Elizabeth Stephens Campbell, acquires Pearlman Enterprises Inc. of Norcross, Georgia. read more >

Simmons First Completes Purchase of Tennessee Bank

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff completes its acquisition of Hardeman County Investment Co. Inc. of Jackson, Tennessee. read more >

Arkansas State Bank Department Promotes Three (Movers & Shakers)

Samuel “Tanner” McKnight, Seth Parsley and John David Sonnier have been promoted to bank assistant examiner at the Arkansas State Bank Department. read more >

Trade Deal Feeds China Taste for Beef, Won't Close Deficit

A new China-U.S. trade deal will help sate the growing Chinese appetite for beef and allow more natural gas imports to fuel the country's expanding economy, but it steers clear of bigger issues that would have more substantial impact on the U.S. trade deficit. read more >

Wal-Mart CEO to Face Questions in Lawsuit Over Bribery

A federal judge orders Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Chief Executive Douglas McMillon to submit to questioning in a lawsuit by shareholders hoping to learn what he knows about suspected bribery by the world's largest retailer in Mexico. read more >

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