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State’s Economy Forecast to Improve

by Mark Friedman 12/22/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas’ leading economists say the state should have an improved economy next year.

Arvest Survey: Mortgage Debt Down, Savings Up in Arkansas

by Lee Hogan 12/16/2014 10:27 am

Arkansans reported less mortgage debt than their neighbors in Oklahoma and Missouri, according to the latest consumer sentiment survey from Arvest Bank.

Arkansans More Pessimistic About Finances, Feel Better About Major Household Purchases

by Lee Hogan 12/2/2014 10:40 am

Arkansans feel more pessimistic about their current and expected financial situation, but feel more optimistic about buying major household items, according to the latest consumer sentiment survey from Arvest Bank.

Arvest Consumer Survey: Arkansans' Opinion of Economy Improving

by Lee Hogan 11/18/2014 9:31 am

Arkansas consumer sentiment is up slightly in Arvest Bank's most recent survey, but it's still lower than surrounding states and considerably lower than the national outlook on the economy.

Natural Gas in Fayetteville Shale Takes Arkansas from Zero to Billions in 10 Years

by Michelle Corbet 9/15/2014 12:00 am

In the past decade, the players in the Fayetteville Shale have shuffled and consolidated, drilling has peaked and retreated, employment has expanded and contracted, technology has advanced, environmental and infrastructure concerns have reared their heads and government has responded.

Arvest Skyline Report: NWA Commercial Vacancy Rates Down, Multifamily Rates Up

by Lee Hogan 9/4/2014 10:55 am

Vacancy rates during the first six months of 2014 in the northwest Arkansas commercial real estate market were down nearly 1 percent from a year ago, while multifamily vacancy rates were up more than 2 percent, according to the Skyline Report from Arvest Bank.

Government, Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods Remain Atop Largest Arkansas Employers List

by Marty Cook 4/7/2014 12:00 am

The names of Arkansas’ largest employers remain mostly unchanged from a year ago — and every year. State government is still atop the list with nearly 57,000 employees.

Arkansas' Manufacturing Sector Takes Baby Steps Back in 2013

by Marty Cook 2/24/2014 12:00 am

Kathy Deck, the director of the Center for Business & Economic Research at the University of Arkansas, said the state reported 155,100 manufacturing jobs in December 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The drop of 300 jobs from the 155,400 reported in December 2012 is a decrease of about 0.2 percent.

Wal-Mart’s Manufacturing Pledge Met With Hope, Skepticism

by Mark Friedman 2/24/2014 12:00 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s announcement in January 2013 that it would help resuscitate the U.S. manufacturing industry by buying an additional $50 billion worth of American-made items during the next decade has been met with skepticism and cheers.

Arkansas Retailers See More Revenue in 2012

by Mark Friedman 5/20/2013 12:00 am

Of the 18 retailers among the 75 largest private companies, 16 showed revenue increases over 2011 figures, one remained flat and only Russell Chevrolet of Sherwood, whose revenue was estimated, dipped slightly.