Public Companies Archive

Dillard's Investor Advises Company to Pursue REIT Spinoff

by Lee Hogan 11/20/2014 11:58 am

One of the Little Rock-based Dillard's Inc. investors is advising the company to split into a real-estate investment trust and an operating company.

America's Car-Mart 2Q Earnings Rise Amid Higher Sales

by Marty Cook 11/20/2014 09:20 am

America's Car-Mart Inc. of Bentonville reports second-quarter earnings of $7.5 million, a 29.5 percent increase from the same quarter a year ago.

Tyson CEO Donnie Smith: Hillshire Opens Door to More Growth

by Marty Cook 11/19/2014 01:17 pm

Donnie Smith, CEO and president of Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale, said Wednesday that it's an exciting time to be in the food business, especially as the company moves forward after its $8.55 billion acquisition of Hillshire Brands Inc. of Chicago.

Chuy's to Open in March in North Little Rock

by Lance Turner 11/17/2014 08:59 am

Chuy's will open a new restaurant in North Little Rock in March, according to its local owner and operator Dallas Hagar.

Tyson Foods Posts Record Quarterly Sales

by Lance Turner 11/17/2014 07:51 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale reports a 47 percent decline in quarterly net income on record sales of $10.1 billion as the meat processor continues to integrate the biggest acquisition of its history, Hillshire Brands Inc. of Chicago.

Johnelle Hunt on Shifting Gears After Trucking To Reach Pinnacle

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/17/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Business talks with Johnelle Hunt, who, along with her late husband, J.B., founded J.B. Hunt Transport Services of Lowell.

Tyson Family Stock Nears $3 Billion; Waltons No. 1 On Top Stockholders List

by Gwen Moritz 11/17/2014 12:00 am

The second-wealthiest family in northwest Arkansas, the Tysons, saw their stock holdings increase by nearly $1 billion over the past year — an increase of more than 40 percent.

Cameron Smith & Associates' Mission To Put More Women in Public Company Boardrooms

by Jan Cottingham 11/17/2014 12:00 am

Diversity on corporate boards has been an issue for years. Most companies recognize that having directors from varied backgrounds isn't simply a theoretical matter of equity; it's a matter of performance. Cameron Smith wants to use the contacts built up over 20 years of helping to put women on corporate boards. And women — particularly in Arkansas — could use his help.

Dillard's 3Q Net Income Up 8 Percent

by Lance Turner 11/13/2014 07:19 am

Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock on Thursday reported third-quarter net income of $55.2 million, up 8.4 percent from the $50.9 million it reported in the same quarter last year.

Wal-Mart Breaks Same-Store Sales Losing Streak, Posts 0.5 Percent Gain

by Associated Press 11/13/2014 07:14 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported its fiscal third-quarter earnings slipped 1.5 percent but it eked out its first gain in nearly two years in a key revenue measure for its U.S. business. Still, the quarter also marked two full years of traffic declines at U.S. Wal-Mart stores.

Barbara Goswick, Don Smith Top List of CFO of the Year Honorees

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas accounting professionals took an unaccustomed turn at center stage last Wednesday at the Arkansas Business CFO of the Year Awards luncheon at the Embassy Suites in west Little Rock.

Wal-Mart Will Open 5,000th US Store in Greenbrier

by Lance Turner 11/4/2014 01:14 pm

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville is close to another milestone: its 5,000th store. The store, a Neighborhood Market, will open at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in Greenbrier.

Acxiom Swings to Loss in 2Q

by Lance Turner 11/3/2014 04:52 pm

Acxiom Corp. of Little Rock reported a $1.5 million second-quarter loss on Monday, down from a $9.8 million profit in the same quarter last year.

USA Truck Logs Its Most Profitable Quarter in 8 Years

by Marty Cook 11/3/2014 10:02 am

USA Truck Inc. of Van Buren reported its most profitable quarter in eight years Monday.

ArcBest Corp. 3Q Profit UP 40 Percent

by Marty Cook 11/3/2014 08:46 am

ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith reported third-quarter income of $19.6 million.

Bank Branch Count in Arkansas Dwindles After Mergers

by Gwen Moritz 11/3/2014 12:00 am

After reaching a peak of 1,513 in mid-2008, Arkansas' branch network had fallen to 1,388 as of this year's summary of deposits, which was released on Sept. 29. A net reduction of 54 branches happened in the 12 months that ended June 30.

David Bush Joins BancorpSouth As Senior Vice President (Banking Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2014 12:00 am

David Bush, formerly senior vice president and commercial lending manager at Delta Trust & Bank, has joined the staff of BancorpSouth in Little Rock as SVP.

Apple Pay, CurrentC Shake Up the Checkout

by Mark Friedman 11/3/2014 12:00 am

The battle over mobile payment platforms is heating up. On one side is Apple Pay, which launched Oct. 20 and encourages users to pay for merchandise with Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Its rival is the payment system backed by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville and about 50 other retailers: CurrentC, created by a joint venture called MCX, the Merchant Customer Exchange of Boston.

Wal-Mart Offers Free Shipping, 'Rollbacks' As Holiday Arms Race Begins

by Associated Press 10/31/2014 10:37 am

Wal-Mart is doing whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy. For the first time, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is offering free shipping on what it considers the season's top 100 hottest gifts.

Wal-Mart's Japan Stores, Seiyu, Will Close 30 Stores

by Associated Press 10/30/2014 02:38 pm

Wal-Mart says its Japanese unit Seiyu plans to close 30 underperforming stores.