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SPONSORED: New Regulations Affect Trustees Of Retirement Plans

by 8/17/2016 08:29 am

A retirement plan review with experts can reduce risk and maximize benefit to employees.

Tyson Foods Fined $263K After Amputation at Texas Plant

by Associated Press 8/16/2016 03:30 pm

Federal inspectors have fined Tyson Foods more than $263,000 for safety violations at an East Texas poultry plant where a worker's finger was amputated when it became stuck in a conveyor belt.

Disasters, Low Oil Prices, Shale Cause $6.4B Loss at BHP Billiton

by Lance Turner 8/16/2016 10:39 am

Battered by a devastating dam disaster in Brazil, low commodity prices and losses in shale holdings – including operations in Arkansas – mining giant BHP Billiton posted a record $6.4 billion annual loss on Tuesday.

Arkansas Employers Help With Retirement Advice, Tools

by Marty Cook 8/15/2016 12:00 am

David George doesn't apologize for using scare tactics when he gives seminars at part of the Investor Education Program for the Arkansas Securities Department.

New Public Company Debuts in State: Ecoark

by Sarah Campbell 8/15/2016 12:00 am

The merger in March of Ecoark Inc. of Rogers with Magnolia Solar Corp. of Woburn, Massachusetts, resulted in a new name on the roster of publicly traded companies in Arkansas: Ecoark Holdings Inc. of Rogers.

Power and Pain of Consensus (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 8/15/2016 12:00 am

Mainstream, action-oriented leadership thinkers tend to hate the idea of consensus, opting instead for rapid-fire, quick-decision meetings. The efficiency of pushing quickly for a clear path forward is hard to resist; however, it often steps over or forces underground the kind of resistance that will kill a new idea or initiative — but usually not until most of the time and money are spent.

Unemployment Rates in Arkansas Cities Vary Widely

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/15/2016 12:00 am

Unemployment rates rose slightly in Arkansas metro areas in June, but rates are still lower than a year ago, notes Michael Pakko, chief economist at the Institute for Economic Advancement at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Tepid Retail Sales Lower Expectations for US Economic Growth

by Associated Press 8/12/2016 11:37 am

A sluggish month of retail spending has tempered expectations for the U.S. economy's growth in the coming months.

Wal-Mart, Hostess Collaboration Delivers 'Deep Fried Twinkies'

by Anne D'Innocenzio, The Associated Press 8/12/2016 07:35 am

The deep-fried Twinkie is jumping from the state fair to the home freezer thanks to a yearlong collaboration between Hostess and Wal-Mart, as both companies look to spark food sales with innovative products.

Dillard's Same-Store Sales Down 5 Percent, Net Income Down 59 Percent

by Lance Turner 8/11/2016 03:31 pm

Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock reports another tough quarter marked by declining sale-store sales and net income. "The challenges facing apparel retailers continued through the second quarter, and our poor results reflect this," CEO William Dillard says.

Cruelty at Tyson Foods Chicken Farms Prompts Firings, Change

by Associated Press 8/11/2016 03:26 pm

An animal rights group has released an undercover video that shows Tyson Foods workers abusing and improperly killing chickens at various breeding facilities in Virginia.

Macy's to Close 100 Stores, Boost Online Investment

by Associated Press 8/11/2016 11:45 am

Macy's plans to close about 100 stores next year and boost its online investments as it tries to become more nimble in an increasingly fierce market.

CS&L Swings to 2Q Loss

by Lance Turner 8/11/2016 10:31 am

Communications Sales & Leasing Inc. of Little Rock reports a $1.5 million second-quarter loss as it closes one acquisition and prepares to take on another. Revenue was a $188.6 million, up 46 percent from the same quarter last year.

Murphy Oil Gains Access to $1.2B in Revolving Credit

by Kyle Massey 8/10/2016 08:09 am

Murphy Oil Corp., the El Dorado petroleum exploration and production giant, says it has commitments from its bankers and new lenders for $1.2 billion in revolving credit.

Aiming to Jolt Online Business, Wal-Mart Buys Retailer Jet.com for $3B

by Anne D'Innocenzio, The Associated Press 8/8/2016 07:50 am

Wal-Mart has agreed to buy fast-growing online retail newcomer Jet.com, which had launched with a splash a year ago when it announced its intention to challenge online leader Amazon. The deal marks a major move for Wal-Mart, which is realizing that it needs to compete more aggressively in the online world.

Tyson Foods 3Q Net Income Up 41 Percent

by Marty Cook 8/8/2016 07:12 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale reports third-quarter net income of $484 million, up 41 percent from the same quarter last year, and raises earnings estimates for the fiscal year.

Ten Arkansas Business Icons Have Stories to Tell

by Gwen Moritz 8/8/2016 12:00 am

Arkansas Business presents these ten Arkansas business icons as a way to acquaint readers with the personalities behind some of the most familiar names in our state's business community.

What's Your Legacy? (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/8/2016 12:00 am

Even among Arkansas Business' largely affluent readers, few have the resources to make million-dollar donations, but many of our readers are business owners and employers, and every job they provide supports an individual or a family.

J.B. Hunt's Shelley Simpson on Keeping Lanes Open for Diversity

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/8/2016 12:00 am

In addition to serving as CMO and EVP of J.B. Hunt Transport Services of Lowell, Shelley Simpson, 44, is president of the company's Truckload and Integrated Capacity Solutions divisions.

Wal-Mart Launches New Scheduling System

by Associated Press 8/5/2016 06:21 am

Wal-Mart, the nation's largest private employer, has launched a new scheduling system in about 650 Neighborhood Market stores that gives hourly workers more certainty about their schedules.