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Arkansas' jobless rate rises to 5.7%

posted: 05/28/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' unemployment rate rose to 5.7 percent in April from 5.6 percent in March, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday.

Profit at used-car dealer up 14%

posted: 05/23/2015 2:07 a.m. Discuss

America's Car-Mart earned $7.2 million in its fourth quarter that ended April 30, a 14 percent improvement over the $6.3 million it earned in the same period last year, the Bentonville firm said.

Home sales in state up for March, group says

posted: 05/21/2015 4 a.m. Discuss

Home sales in Arkansas in March jumped almost 16 percent compared with March last year, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Wednesday.

March home sales up 16%

posted: 05/21/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Home sales in Arkansas in March jumped almost 16 percent compared with March last year, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Wednesday.

Global trade awards given to five Arkansas businesses

posted: 05/20/2015 2:07 a.m. Discuss

When Galley Support Innovations of Sherwood had only $10,000 in sales in its first year in 2005, the Sherwood manufacturer of interior hardware for airplanes, trains and yachts began to look for other sources of sales.

Bank of Ozarks 'pleased' with stature

posted: 05/19/2015 2:04 a.m. Discuss

For the past five years, Bank of the Ozarks has earned money at about twice the rate of the average banks nationally, George Gleason, the bank's chairman and chief executive officer, said Monday at the Little Rock bank's annual meeting.

Software helps job searchers reveal full skills

posted: 05/18/2015 2:09 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services is using a computer program to assess occupational skills to help the unemployed find jobs.

County's vacancy rate flat at 8.8%

posted: 05/16/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

The apartment vacancy rate in Pulaski County was basically unchanged in the first quarter this year compared with the fourth quarter last year, owners of a Little Rock firm that tracks the central Arkansas apartment market said Friday.

Bourbon & Boots sold to XCelerate

posted: 05/15/2015 1:56 a.m. Discuss

XCelerate Capital, a venture-capital investor, has acquired North Little Rock-based Bourbon & Boots, an online merchant that sells gifts, jewelry and clothing, said Rod Ford, founder of XCelerate Capital.

Plant plan's rating-cellar exit

posted: 05/14/2015 2:22 a.m. Discuss

It will take Arkansas Nuclear One at least two years to shed its poor performance rating, a representative of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday.

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