Trends & Analysis

US Retail Sales Fell in March, Second Straight Monthly Drop

US Retail Sales Fell in March, Second Straight Monthly Drop

Americans pulled back on their spending at auto dealers and restaurants in March, causing retail sales to drop despite signs of a healthy job market.
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Average 30-Year Mortgage Rate Falls to 2017 Low of 4.08 Percent

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for a fourth straight week, with the benchmark 30-year rate marking a new low for the year.
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Central Arkansas Office Space Vacancy Rate at 8 Percent

The Little Rock office market experienced negative absorption of 41,210 SF during fourth-quarter 2016, primarily from departures in Class B and C office properties.
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Tyson Foods Eyes Higher Wages As Labor Market Tightens

Tyson Foods Inc., the biggest U.S. chicken company, said on Wednesday it may raise wages again for workers at all of its poultry plants, a sign of an intensifying battle for employees in a tightening labor market. read more >

Imbalance of Power (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Consolidation of the airline industry has left consumers with fewer choices. It's increasingly a seller's market, and the airlines know it. read more >

The High Cost of Bad Moods (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

Research in behavioral science is showing that there is a trend toward higher irritability in the workplace — especially in the United States — and it has been more pronounced over the last 24 months. read more >

US Home Sales Shoot Up to 10-Year High

Americans purchased homes in March at the fastest pace in over a decade, a strong start to the traditional spring buying season. read more >

Arkansas Unemployment Falls to Record Low 3.6 Percent

Arkansas' unemployment record fell to another record low, dropping to 3.6 percent in March from 3.7 percent in February. read more >

Too Much Too Much (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Online competition isn't the only change in the retail landscape. Many stores are closing because the malls that surround them just aren't attracting the kind of traffic they used to. read more >

US Retail Sales Fell in March, Second Straight Monthly Drop

Americans pulled back on their spending at auto dealers and restaurants in March, causing retail sales to drop despite signs of a healthy job market. read more >

Average 30-Year Mortgage Rate Falls to 2017 Low of 4.08 Percent

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for a fourth straight week, with the benchmark 30-year rate marking a new low for the year. read more >

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