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Banking by phone gaining traction

posted: 05/01/2016 3:08 a.m. Discuss

The use of mobile banking -- consumers accessing bank services using a mobile phone -- continues to increase, according to an annual survey by the Federal Reserve Board.

Home sales rise 9.7% in state

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Home sales in Arkansas continued their strong growth in March, rising 9.7 percent compared with March last year, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Thursday.

$1B pulp plant to employ 250 in state's south

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Shandong Sun Paper Industry Joint Stock Co. will build a $1 billion pulp mill in Clark County near Arkadelphia, the Chinese company and Arkansas officials said Tuesday.

2-for-1 stock split set by Home BancShares

posted: 04/23/2016 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Home BancShares will make a 2-for-1 stock split on June 8, the Conway bank's chairman, John Allison, said Thursday at its annual meeting in North Little Rock.

Conway bank earns a record $41.4M in 1Q

posted: 04/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Home BancShares, which owns Centennial Bank offices in four states, earned a record $41.4 million in the first quarter, up 33 percent from the same period last year, the Conway bank said Thursday.

Simmons reports income of $23.5M

posted: 04/22/2016 2:24 a.m. Discuss

Simmons First National Corp. on Thursday reported a net income of $23.5 million for the first quarter, more than double the $8.7 million it made in the same period last year.

February home sales in state log 11% gain

posted: 04/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Home sales in Arkansas rose 11.2 percent in February with almost 2,200 sold, the 18th straight month for an increase in sales, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Wednesday.

Business plan out of UA is Cup star

posted: 04/20/2016 2:11 a.m. Discuss

A plan to fight cancer by injecting vaccines directly into cancer cells won the graduate division Tuesday of the Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup college business-plan competition.

Bank of the Ozarks still looking to buy regardless of size

posted: 04/17/2016 2:48 a.m. Discuss

When Bank of the Ozarks closes on its two pending bank acquisitions next month, the Little Rock bank will again begin searching for more banks to buy.

Jobless mark of 4% a record on state books

updated: 04/16/2016 3:03 a.m. Comments 10

The unemployment rate in Arkansas dropped to 4 percent in March, its lowest level in 59 years, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

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