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Wal-Mart CEO's pay highest in state

posted: 07/20/2014 2:29 a.m. Comments 2

Douglas McMillon, who took over as chief executive officer at Wal-Mart in February, was the highest-paid public company executive in Arkansas last year.

Arkansas out-of-job rate dips to 6.2%

posted: 07/19/2014 2:56 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell in June to 6.2 percent, down from 6.4 percent in May, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

Simmons' 2nd-quarter profit rises 50%

posted: 07/18/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Simmons First National Corp. on Thursday reported a profit of $9.9 million for the second quarter, up 50 percent from $6.6 million in the same period last year.

Home BancShares posts record quarter

posted: 07/18/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Home BancShares, the parent company of Centennial Bank, reported $28.4 million in net income in the second quarter, its best quarter ever and a 61 percent increase compared with the same period in 2013.

LR bank improves earnings by 30%

posted: 07/15/2014 2:16 a.m. Discuss

Bank of the Ozarks earned $26.5 million in the second quarter, a 30 percent improvement over the $20.4 million it made in the second quarter last year, the Little Rock bank said Monday.

3 Cranford brothers form ad agency

posted: 07/10/2014 2:26 a.m. Discuss

The three Cranford brothers who left advertising agency Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods of Little Rock in the past three months said Wednesday that they have formed their own agency, known as Cranford Co.

Jury awards De Queen firm $6.5 million in contract breach

posted: 07/08/2014 2:05 a.m. Discuss

A physical therapy firm in De Queen won a jury verdict of $6.5 million last week against the only nursing home in the western Arkansas community.

Ad firm juggles executive losses, relocation plans

posted: 07/06/2014 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, Arkansas' largest advertising, marketing and public relations company, has been in a state of change in recent months with more changes certain next year.

P.A.M. logs state's strongest quarter

posted: 07/01/2014 2:31 a.m. Discuss

P.A.M. Transportation Services' stock had the best performance of any publicly traded Arkansas company in the second quarter, increasing by more than 40 percent in the 3-month period that ended Monday.

State average wage 20% below nation's

posted: 06/28/2014 3:31 a.m. Comments 5

Arkansas' average hourly wage in 2013 was almost 20 percent below the national average, according to an analysis by the Dallas office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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