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Public Company Board Service Can Mean Lots of Work and Risk

Public Company Board Service Can Mean Lots of Work and Risk

This week we list all directors of 19 publicly traded companies headquartered in Arkansas and the compensation they received for service on the boards in the most recent fiscal year. It's work that's “a whole lot harder” than it used to be.
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Windstream Spinoff Hits Dividend Even More Than You Think

On July 29, Windstream Holdings Inc. sent shock waves through Wall Street when it announced it would spin off most of its physical assets — mostly copper wires and fiber-optic cables — into a separate, publicly traded real estate investment trust.
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Dillard's 2Q Profit Down 5 Percent, Same-Store Sales Up 1 Percent

Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock posted a 5 percent drop in second-quarter earnings, but same-store sales rose 1 percent. CEO William T. Dillard II says executives are "somewhat disappointed in the bottom line performance."
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Bank of America Agrees to Nearly $17B Settlement

The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday. read more >

This Week in Tyson: EPA Investigates; Hillshire Deal Delayed Again

The Associated Press reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has started an investigation into Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale. In other news, Tyson has again delayed its purchase of Hillshire Brands. read more >

Car-Mart Net Revenue Up Slightly While Net Income Slips

The company said diluted earnings per share were 79 cents, the same as a year ago but more than the average analyst estimate of 62 cents. read more >

Windstream Holdings COO Brent Whittington to Resign

Windstream Holdings Corp. of Little Rock said Tuesday that Brent Whittington, its chief operating officer, is resigning effective Sept. 1. read more >

Last Chance to Nominate Candidates for Arkansas Business' 20 in Their 20s List

Nominations are being accepted for the list of the state's most influential young professionals, "The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s." read more >

Wal-Mart Cuts Profit Outlook Amid Sluggish Sales, Less Traffic

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its annual profit outlook on Thursday as the world's largest retailer faced another quarter of sluggish sales and traffic declines. read more >

Bank of the Ozarks, Home BancShares Among Top Performing Banks

The second and third largest banks in Arkansas were recognized as some of the top performers in Bank Director magazine's 2014 Bank Performance Scorecard. read more >

Tyson Foods Extends Hillshire Tender Offer As Feds Seek More Deal Details

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale extends its tender offer for Hillshire Brands of Chicago as the U.S. Department of Justice seeks more details on the pair's $8.5 billion merger plan. Tyson Foods' original tender offer was set to expire on July 16. It has now been extended to Aug. 19. read more >

Wal-Mart: When It Comes to New Ideas, Try, Try Again

Wal-Mart took what it learned from the "Scan & Go" app to create another service: It found that customers like being able to track their spending, an insight that became the impetus for a program that enables shoppers to store electronic receipts. read more >

Whistleblower Case Alleges Fraud Against Wal-Mart

A former executive of a personal care products company said she was canned for reporting an alleged fraud that her firm was committing against its biggest customer — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. read more >

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