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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.

Report: Northwest Arkansas Job Growth Ahead of Peers

by Marty Cook 10/3/2014 8:02 am

Northwest Arkansas job growth easily beat its peer regions, the state and the nation this past year, according to a report released Thursday by the University of Arkansas.

Commercial Property Filling Up in Northwest Arkansas

by Marty Cook 9/29/2014 12:00 am

Experts think the commercial real estate market in northwest Arkansas is returning to normal; those who make their living in the industry agree. And they like the new normal.

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.

Some Retailers See Surge in Revenue in 2013

by Mark Friedman 5/26/2014 12:00 am

About half of the retailers on this year’s list of Arkansas’ largest private companies enjoyed increased revenue in 2013. Of the 17 retailers among the 75 largest private companies, eight reported increases over 2012 figures, four remained flat and five reported lower revenue.

Multifamily Vacancy Up, Development 'Hot' Along I-540 in Bentonville, Rogers

by Marty Cook 4/8/2014 10:15 am

Vacancy rates for multifamily housing in northwest Arkansas rose in the second half of 2013, according to a Skyline Report from Arvest Bank released Tuesday.

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.

Skyline Report: New Home Occupancy Up 60 Percent in Northwest Arkansas

by Mark Carter 3/19/2014 10:17 am

New home occupancy in northwest Arkansas was up 60.7 percent in the second half of 2013, according to the most recent Skyline Report from Arvest Bank, released Wednesday.

Minimum Wage Proposals Spark Disagreement

by Mark Friedman 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Whether raising the minimum wage — a burning issue in the tourism and hospitality industries — will actually help all the people it’s aimed at is a question of deep disagreement, even among experts. There does appear to be, however, consensus on the minimum conditions necessary to have a sustainable economy.

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.

Kathy Deck: No Quick Turnaround for Employment in Arkansas

by Marty Cook 1/16/2014 2:50 pm

Arkansas' job growth prospects don't look particularly rosy in the immediate future, and a shrinking labor force isn't helping the state return to pre-recession levels, according to economists at the Quarterly Business Analysis luncheon Thursday in Rogers. "The whole story is about the labor force," Kathy Deck says. "It tells a dreadful story."

Tyson Foods CEO Donnie Smith to Moderate Business Forecast Luncheon

by Lance Turner 1/8/2014 11:38 am

The University of Arkansas will host a panel of economic forecasters for its 20th annual Business Forecast Luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 16.

Arvest Plans Consumer Sentiment Survey for Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/12/2013 10:05 am

Arvest Bank says it has commissioned a consumer sentiment survey to measure and report the economic expectations and outlook of Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma consumers.

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard to Speak at Quarterly Analysis Conference

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/10/2013 9:07 am

James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, is scheduled to speak at the Quarterly Business Analysis program in November.

UA Report: Northwest Arkansas Economy Outgrows Peer Regions

by Mark Carter 9/25/2013 10:37 am

The northwest Arkansas economy outgrew similar regions in 2011 and 2012, according to a report released Wednesday by the University of Arkansas.

Quarterly Business Analysis with UA's Kathy Deck Scheduled for Sept. 12

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/5/2013 10:46 am

The University of Arkansas will host the next installment of its Quarterly Business Analysis with Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, on Thursday, Sept. 12.

Kathy Deck Sees Growth For Northwest Arkansas, As State and Nation Recover Slowly

by Chris Bahn 6/6/2013 8:05 am

Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas, offered her economic outlook for the state and nation during the Quarterly Business Analysis luncheon.