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Swiped Out: Card Fees Cost Arkansas Businesses $600M in 2022

The National Retail Federation said current swipe fee rates are about 2.26% of the transaction cost, which adds up over the course of a year and thousands of sales. read more >
Retail / Small Business

Retail Sales Up Strongly in December as Americans Showed Continued Willingness to Spend

Economists had expected consumers to pull back on spending in the final three months of the year under the weight of credit card debt and delinquencies and lower savings. Yet despite those challenges, along with higher borrowing costs, tighter credit conditions and price increases, household spendin read more >
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US Labor Board Delays New Employment Rule After Business Groups Sue

The rule sets new standards for determining when two companies should be considered "joint employers" in labor negotiations. read more >
Retail / Small Business

Retail Group: Holiday Sales Expected to Slow to 3% to 4%

The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, expects shoppers will spend more this year than last year, but their spending pace will slow given all the economic uncertainty. read more >
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December Retail Sales Fall 1.1% After Slipping in November

Spending had remained resilient despite a spike in inflation that began almost 19 months ago, but the capacity of Americans to continue that spending has ebbed. read more >
Legal / Public Companies / Retail

Legislation Targets Online Sites Amid Retail Theft Concerns

Tucked in the $1.7 trillion funding package lies a piece of legislation brick-and-mortar retailers have been pushing Congress to pass for more than a year, part of an effort to tamp down the amount of goods being stolen from their stores and resold online. read more >
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Business Groups Urge Congress to Block Potential Rail Strike

The business groups led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers and National Retail Federation said even a short-term strike would have a tremendous impact and the economic pain would start to be felt even before the Dec. 9 strike deadline. read more >
Retail / Small Business

Small Businesses Brace for Cautious Holiday Shoppers

Owners say they're ordering inventory earlier to avoid the supply-chain snags that frustrated them the past two holiday seasons and to draw in early birds. read more >
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Despite Supply Issues and Omicron, Holiday Sales Rise 8.5%

Sales increased at the the fastest pace in 17 years. read more >
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Numbers, Psychology and Dillard’s Bull RunLock Icon

Asking why Dillard’s stock rose 800% from November 2020 to last month is part numbers game and part psychological mystery-solving. read more >
The Dillard’s headquarters in Little Rock, backing up to the Arkansas River. The company’s shares have hit historic highs despite worries about a COVID variant’s disruptive potential and the fact that mall vacancies hit an all-time high in the first quarter, 11.4%.
Investments / Public Companies / Retail

Dillard’s Rides Stock Roller Coaster to Top

Stores for the Little Rock retailer overcome obstacles as customers get out again, with sales "firing on all cylinders." read more >
Media & Marketing / Small Business

A COVID-19 Valentine’s Day: A Retailer’s Dream? (Howard Hurst Commentary)

How retailers can capitalize on "consumer resilience" to ensure growing — or at least steady — sales in the new year. read more >
Public Companies / Retail

National Retail Federation Forecasts Solid Holiday Growth

The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, forecasts that holiday sales will rise between 3.8% and 4.2% even as uncertainty looms over an escalating trade war with China. read more >
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Arkansas Companies Dealing With Tariff CostsLock Icon

President Trump's tariffs of 25% on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods is making some Arkansas business either absorb their price increases or pass the cost hikes to their customers. read more >
Dillard's employees – and Dillard's shoppers – are preparing for the 2018 holiday shopping season.
Investments / Public Companies

Dillard’s Expecting a Happy HolidayLock Icon

Dillard’s is looking toward the holiday season, when department stores generate about 25 percent of their total annual sales. Retail analysts expect Dillard’s and other retailers should have a season of good cheer. read more >
John James’ software at Engine handles everything from content management to processing e-commerce orders and payments.
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John James Starts Engine, Raises $4M for E-Commerce Software FirmLock Icon

Fayetteville entrepreneur John James has raised nearly $4 million for his latest startup, Engine, which sells business management software to e-commerce retailers. read more >
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Corrosive Uncertainty (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

Sustained spending levels may be temporary. There are some caution lights flashing yellow. read more >
Restaurants & Food / Retail / Small Business

Retail Group: Annual Retail Sales to Rise 3.8 to 4.4 Percent

The nation's largest retail trade group says retail sales will increase 3.8 percent to 4.4 percent this year compared with last year. read more >

Retail Trade Group: Holiday Sales Up 5.5 Percent

The nation's largest retail trade group says holiday spending rose a better-than-expected 5.5 percent, the strongest gain since the Great Recession. read more >
Doug McMillon, President and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Public Companies / Retail

NRF to Give Doug McMillon ‘Visionary’ Award

The National Retail Federation on Thursday named Wal-Mart Stores Inc. President and CEO Doug McMillon as the 2018 recipient of its "Visionary" award. read more >