Today's News

Marketers, Creatives and Frustration (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 11/16/2015 12:00 am

The marketing/creative divide can appear whether the creatives are part of an in-house team, are hired guns in an agency or a hybrid. It can arise from a number of factors, including differences in educational paths, language, culture, motivation and compensation.

Retail Construction Projects Fall in Arkansas

by Mark Friedman 11/16/2015 12:00 am

Even though fewer retail projects are under construction in Arkansas this year compared with last, retail developers aren't worried. They're busy working on retail projects for next year.

Harps Expands Amid Competition from Wal-Mart, Kroger, Others

by Gwen Moritz 11/16/2015 12:00 am

Harps sold $708 million worth of groceries in the fiscal year that ended in August, enough to make it one of the 15 largest private companies based in Arkansas but a rounding factor for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., headquartered 18 miles away in Bentonville.

Commercial Construction Finds Home In Jonesboro

by George Waldon 11/16/2015 12:00 am

Several new projects and redevelopments along Jonesboro's thoroughfares are simmering, contributing to a tally of commercial construction that topped $66 million through the first nine months of 2015.

Big River Steel Mill Rises in Northeast Arkansas

by Jan Cottingham 11/16/2015 12:00 am

The construction of the Big River Steel mill is a project defined by superlatives: at $1.3 billion, the biggest economic development project in Arkansas history; at $700 million, the biggest construction project in the state; one of the most technologically advanced, etc.

Philip Taldo Says Private Development Fuels Springdale's Revitalization

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/16/2015 12:00 am

Philip Taldo, the co-owner of Weichert Realtors-The Griffin Co. and president of One Springdale, a development company, and Partners Construction, talks to Arkansas Business about efforts to revitalize downtown Springdale, a city to which he has strong ties.

Filings Set Stage for Heated Primaries in Arkansas (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/15/2015 05:26 pm

The one-week filing period for state and federal offices in Arkansas last week sets the state up for heated primary and non-partisan judicial races when voters head to the polls in March. The fall general election will seem tame by comparison.

Arkansas' Superdelegates Plan to Back Clinton Next Year

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/13/2015 02:25 pm

Arkansas' Democratic superdelegates say they're supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton, who spent 12 years as the state's first lady, in her presidential bid next year.

US Retail Sales Crawl Upward in October, Led by Online Shopping

by Associated Press 11/13/2015 11:35 am

Americans ramped up their online shopping and restaurant spending in October, but barely-there inflation kept overall retail sales growth muted.

JC Penney Reports Loss, Sales Growth, But Shares Skid

by Associated Press 11/13/2015 11:27 am

J.C. Penney reported stronger-than-expected sales for the third-quarter, but the department store operator's failure to raise its forecast for the year appeared to add to worries that the holiday shopping season could turn out to be a dud.

Stocks Set to End Winning Streak as Retail Gets Slammed

by Associated Press 11/13/2015 11:15 am

Sharp declines in retailers are dragging stocks lower as the market heads for its first losing week after six straight weeks of gains.

Windstream Spinoff CS&L Reports 3Q Net Income of $9.4M

by Alexis Hosticka 11/13/2015 09:24 am

Communications Sales & Leasing Inc. of Little Rock reports third-quarter net income of $9.4 million, or 6 cents per share.

Court Asks for Response by Dec. 10 in Arkansas Abortion Case

by Associated Press 11/12/2015 04:04 pm

The nation's highest court has asked opponents of Arkansas' voided 12-week abortion ban to respond by next month to Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's request to have the law upheld as constitutional.

Hutchinson: Focused on Economic Development Through Education, Trips Abroad

by Alexis Hosticka 11/12/2015 02:11 pm

At the 87th annual Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce meeting, Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks on his computer education program and plans to attract Chinese and Japanese business prospects to Arkansas.

Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Jumps to 3.98 Percent

by Associated Press 11/12/2015 11:30 am

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates this week rose sharply for a second straight week as expectations grew that the Federal Reserve may soon raise its key short-term interest rate.

Tech Park Board Gives Birch Raise, Braces for Eminent Domain

by Mark Carter 11/12/2015 10:05 am

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board on Wednesday voted to give its director a 5 percent raise and braced for a possible eminent domain lawsuit.

Applications for US Jobless Aid Stay Near Historic Lows

by Associated Press 11/12/2015 08:13 am

The number of people seeking unemployment aid was unchanged last week, a sign that most businesses are reluctant to cut jobs.

Wal-Mart Syncs Black Friday Deals Online And In Store

by Associated Press 11/12/2015 06:50 am

Wal-Mart Stores says it is offering most of the same Black Friday "doorbuster" deals online and in stores for the first time and giving online shoppers an early jump on the sales.

Windstream Aims to Further Monetize Current Customers

by Alexis Hosticka 11/11/2015 03:54 pm

Windstream Holdings Inc. of Little Rock will focus on growing current customer relationships and increasing sales to those customers in the coming year, according to President and CEO Tony Thomas.

Macy's 3Q: A Glimpse of What's to Come This Holiday Season?

by Associated Press 11/11/2015 11:53 am

The opening of the retail earnings seasons began ominously with Macy's, which dragged shares of almost every retailer sharply lower Wednesday.