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USA Truck Hires Hainlen as Revenue Chief

by Marty Cook 5/31/2017 09:47 am

USA Truck Inc. of Van Buren hired Rick Hainlen as its vice president of revenue operations.

Wal-Mart Works to Close Gap Between Itself and Amazon

by Anne D'Innocenzio, The Associated Press 5/30/2017 11:21 am

Even after an online spending spree, it may be hard for Wal-Mart to escape the Amazon in the room. Amazon keeps innovating too, implementing new technology and trying to make shopping more convenient.

House of Cards: How John Rogers Bilked Banks, Conned Collectors

by George Waldon 5/29/2017 12:00 am

Not many people know that John Rogers was a millionaire real estate investor before he began serious work building his sports memorabilia and photo empire in North Little Rock. That's because he wasn't. It's a big, fat lie.

Wayne Miller Tapped to Head FinTech Accelerator (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/29/2017 12:00 am

Wayne Miller has been selected to lead the Venture Center's global VC FinTech Accelerator program in Little Rock. As managing director, he is responsible for leading the program, a collaboration empowered by FIS, to invest and grow financial technology companies.

Startup Stays Up: Lauren James Looks to Last

by Marty Cook 5/29/2017 12:00 am

Apparel company The Lauren James Co., based in Fayetteville, is expanding rapidly. Lance Stokes said the company generated more than $10 million in 2016, with one-third of that coming from its e-commerce business.

Simmons First Increases Quarterly Dividend by 4.2 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/25/2017 03:18 pm

The Simmons First National Corp. board of directors declared a regular $0.25 per share quarterly cash dividend payable July 3, to shareholders of record June 15.

Bank of the Ozarks Announces Sale of 6.6M Shares

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/25/2017 12:37 pm

Bank of the Ozarks Inc. on Wednesday announced that it will sell 6.6 million shares of common stock in a public offering and expects gross proceeds from the sale to be $302.3 million before underwriting discounts and offering expenses.

Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame Inducts 10 for 2017 Class

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/22/2017 10:30 am

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

Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield Tops Big Private Companies List

by Gwen Moritz 5/22/2017 12:00 am

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.

Dealership Acquisitions Fuel McLarty Automotive Group

by George Waldon 5/22/2017 12:00 am

Three years after returning home to Arkansas, Mark McLarty has assembled one of the largest auto dealership groups in the nation.

Startup Activity Moves Up in 2016

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/22/2017 12:00 am

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.

At Annual Meeting, William Dillard II Says He's Encouraged With Recent Trends

by Mark Friedman 5/20/2017 12:10 pm

Despite the negative news surrounding the retail industry, Dillard's Inc. CEO William Dillard II said Saturday he is encouraged with some recent trends.

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

by Lance Turner 5/18/2017 06:55 am

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.

Acxiom Yearly Profit Down; Company Sees Revenue Growth in 2018

by Lance Turner 5/16/2017 03:52 pm

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.

Stephens Group Buy Georgia Tool, Equipment Maker

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/16/2017 09:49 am

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.

Simmons First Completes Purchase of Tennessee Bank

by Lance Turner 5/15/2017 03:07 pm

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

Arkansas State Bank Department Promotes Three (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/15/2017 12:00 am

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

Wal-Mart CEO to Face Questions in Lawsuit Over Bribery

by Jonathan Stempel, Reuters 5/12/2017 08:20 am

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.

Aldi Raises Stakes in US Price War with Wal-Mart

by Nandita Bose, Reuters 5/11/2017 08:15 am

German grocery chain Aldi Inc is trying to beat Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, at its own game: low prices.

Dillard's 1Q Profit Down 14 Percent, Same-Store Sales Down 4 Percent

by Lance Turner 5/11/2017 06:43 am

Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $66.3 million, down 14 percent from the same quarter last year, as total sales declined

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