Retail Archive

US Retail Sales Rise Ahead of Holiday Shopping

by Associated Press 11/14/2014 11:43 am

U.S. retail sales rose modestly in October, evidence that recent job gains and lower gas prices are lifting consumer spending as the holiday shopping season begins.

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.

Small Businesses Step Up Holiday Social Media Game

by Associated Press 11/12/2014 10:53 am

There's more to a retailer's holiday social media strategy than posting photos and advertising discounts. Small and independent retailers are getting more aggressive in using Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram in preparation for the important holiday sales season and beyond.

The People Have Spoken, So Let Them Speak (Editorial)

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

Last Tuesday, Saline County became the seventh county in Arkansas to switch from “dry” to “wet” under the onerous law that requires proponents to collect signatures from 38 percent of registered voters just to get the referendum on the ballot.

Josh Bishop Estate Sues Chubby Cheeks Over Beating Death

by Mark Friedman 11/10/2014 12:00 am

The death earlier this year of a 28-year-old who allegedly stole a bottle of wine from a Texarkana liquor store could serve as a cautionary tale for business owners and employees.

Two Pulaski County Apartment Projects Total Nearly $8.5M (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Two Pulaski County apartment projects were purchased by an investment group from Brooklyn, New York, in deals that added up to nearly $8.5 million.

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.

Fayetteville Ranked No. 1 in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Lee Hogan 11/6/2014 02:23 pm

Fayetteville saw a 2-point surge in its rating in August to overtake Fort Smith for the top spot of Arkansas Tech University's business index, which rates economic activity in the state.

Murphy USA Reports 3Q Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/6/2014 09:56 am

Murphy USA Inc. of El Dorado on Thursday announced third-quarter income from continuing operations of $67.2 million, or $1.36 per diluted share, on revenues of $4.68 billion.

ARK Challenge's Skosay Looks to Open Private Channels for Consumers

by Mark Carter 11/6/2014 09:23 am

Fayetteville's Skosay has developed a private two-way communications channel for customers and businesses to share feedback in real time, and wants to be that next big NWA venture.

AP Correction: All 75 Counties Approve Minimum Wage Hike

by Associated Press 11/5/2014 10:47 am

Every county in Arkansas supported a ballot measure to gradually increase the state's minimum wage to $8.50 by 2017.

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.

Apartments, Ace Hardware Subjects of Million-Dollar Deals in Conway

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

Multifamily and retail properties were at the heart of two seven-digit transactions in Conway.

Ag-Pro Deal Raises Number of Greenway Dealerships to 28

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

The sale of a string of seven Arkansas John Deere dealerships in September bumps the dealership total to 28 for Greenway Equipment Inc., which also owns five John Deere projects in southeast Missouri.

After You Vote, Go Spend (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 11/3/2014 12:00 am

November is finally here. The can't-end-soon-enough political advertising, polls and phone calls are coming to an end. Congratulations to the political winners. It's now your job to be the kind of stewards of public policy that give consumers the very best opportunities to participate in a growing Arkansas economy — and spend.

Little Rock Entrepreneurs Raising Funds — And Profile — With Kickstarter

by Jan Cottingham 11/3/2014 12:00 am

A couple of Arkansas entrepreneurs who recently reached their business funding goals through Kickstarter say the crowdfunding platform may be even better at generating interest — and potential customers — than it is at raising money.

Vitamin Shoppe Attracts $3.7 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 11/3/2014 12:00 am

Big projects in North Little Rock change hands with an 8,200-SF retail project on McCain Blvd., a big piece of a 276,231-SF Gregory Street warehouse, and the closed Belwood Elementary school.

Household Debt: Delinquency Rate Hits Lowest Point Since '08

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

The New York Fed's Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit shows that overall household debt in the U.S. fell by $18 billion during the second quarter of 2014 compared with the first quarter. Housing debt stood at $8.62 trillion in the second quarter, while nonhousing debt was $3.02 trillion.

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.