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Retail Sales Surge 0.7% in March as Americans Seem Unfazed by Higher Prices

“Retail sales aren’t increasing just because prices are going up,” said Ted Rossman, senior industry analyst at Bankrate. “Americans are actually buying more stuff.”

Pennsylvania Company Sues City of Pocahontas for Lease BreachLock Icon

A Pennsylvania decor company is suing the city of Pocahontas for breach of contract after a signed contract to lease a city-owned building was canceled weeks later.

Do You Have a Minute? (Sabrina Starling on Small Business)

Implementing these strategies with team members can help business owners reduce interruptions to their day.

SQRL Sale? Acquisition Nears Amid Financial Troubles

Amid rumblings of payroll problems and more staff cuts, SQRL Service Stations is entertaining new ownership.

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Retail Sales Surge 0.7% in March as Americans Seem Unfazed by Higher Prices

“Retail sales aren’t increasing just because prices are going up,” said Ted Rossman, senior industry analyst at Bankrate. "Americans are actually buying more stuff." read more >
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Regal Inn Transaction Checks In at $3M (Real Deals)Lock Icon

Titan General Contractors LLC, led by Abigail Reaves and Debra Hope, purchased the 150-room hotel in North Little Rock. read more >
Lafayette Building at 523 Louisiana St. in Little Rock.
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Historic Lafayette Building Set for $11M RemodelLock Icon

Little Rock’s Baldwin & Shell Construction Co. is set to remodel six floors of the building in downtown Little Rock. read more >
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Walmart Faces $101M Verdict for Breaking Contract With PPE Supplier

The sum was awarded to London Luxury LLC, which argued that Walmart only tried to exit the deal after the retailer lost a major resale customer. read more >
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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 >
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Landmark Acquisition Tops $38M Mark (Real Deals)Lock Icon

Landmark Apartments II LLC, led by Sam Alley, sold phase 2 of its namesake complex at 1600 Rushmore Ave. to a group of 17 limited liability companies. read more >
William T. Dillard II
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Total Compensation Falls for Dillard Family Members

CEO William Dillard II received a $3.6 million bonus in 2023, but his total compensation fell 44.9% to $12.45 million. read more >
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Want Prices To Start Falling? Be Careful What You Wish For, Economists Say

The reality is that the economy's health depends on steady consumer purchases. read more >
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Murphy USA Chief’s Total Pay Was $10.6M in 2023

The company's 2023 proxy statement also revealed that four top executives under CEO Andrew Clyde earned total compensation above $1.5 million last year. read more >
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McCain Sears Site Sells for $2.3M (Real Deals)Lock Icon

Anchor Realty Investments LLC, led by Alan and Jessica Bubbus, purchased the land and the 159,000-SF former Sears store at 3929 McCain Blvd. read more >
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4 Promoted at First Financial Bank (Movers & Shakers)

Rebekah Biernacki, Stewart Chandler, Bart Greene & Alan Meadows have all been promoted. read more >
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Amazon Plans Last-Mile Facility in Hot Springs

Construction on the project is expected to begin in the coming weeks. read more >
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Artists to Get Space at Park Plaza Mall

The mall's new owners are getting creative with empty spaces at the shopping center, which has about a 90% occupancy rate. read more >
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Arkansas Foodbank Adds 5 to Board of Directors

Arkansas Foodbank announced it has added five members to its board of directors. They are: Jon Ball, Little Rock market manager, Walmart Sharmane Andrews, senior vice president, chief Compliance Officer, […] read more >
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Skyline Report: Northwest Arkansas Commercial Vacancy Rate Holds Steady

The region continues to see new space enter the market and get leased fairly quickly. read more >
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US Consumers Remain Confident, but Their Feelings About the Near Future are a Bit More Cloudy

The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index ticked down to 104.7 in March from a revised 104.8 in February. read more >
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Sherwood Complex Attracts $15M Sale (Real Deals)Lock Icon

The 160-unit Chapel Ridge apartment complex in Sherwood weighed in at $15 million. read more >
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Jonesboro Shopping Center Sells for $11MLock Icon

This week's million-dollar deals and construction features commercial and industrial properties, along with one new home. read more >
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February Retail Sales Up 0.6%, Weaker Than Expected

February's number was lifted in part by higher gas price as well as higher auto sales and a rebound in building materials. read more >
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Gearhead Outfitters Expands to Colorado With Store Acquisitions

The deal for two Summit Canyon Mountaineering stores grows Gearhead's footprint to more than 20 locations in seven states. read more >