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Home sales rise by 4.3% in state

posted: 02/05/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Home sales in Arkansas rose 4.3 percent in November compared with November 2014, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Thursday.

Little Rock-area vacancy rate dips to 7.8%

posted: 02/02/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Apartment vacancies fell to 7.8 percent in the Little Rock area in the third quarter of 2015 from 8.1 percent in the second quarter, said The Multifamily Group, a firm that tracks the Pulaski County apartment market.

Business assets easier to sell with tax change

posted: 01/31/2016 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Owners of S corporations don't have to wait as long to fully benefit from the sale of their businesses, based on recent changes in the federal tax code.

Texas' Movie Tavern to build Little Rock theater

posted: 01/28/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Movie Tavern of Fort Worth, a movie theater/restaurant chain, plans to build a multiple-screen theater at the Gateway Town Center in Little Rock, said Colliers International of Arkansas, a commercial real estate firm that is brokering the deal.

Jobless rate for Arkansas drops to 4.8%

posted: 01/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 5

Arkansas' unemployment rate dipped to 4.8 percent in December, the lowest since April 2001, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday.

Baptist Health to insure in-house

posted: 01/27/2016 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Baptist Health of Little Rock, which owns eight hospitals in Arkansas, has created the first captive insurance company in the state, the state Insurance Department said Tuesday.

Simmons' earnings up nearly 90% in 4Q

posted: 01/22/2016 4 a.m. Discuss

Pine Bluff-based Simmons First National Corp. earned $23.8 million in the fourth quarter last year, an almost 90 percent increase over the $12.6 million it made in the same period of 2014, the bank said Thursday.

Home BancShares' gains surge 25% in 4Q

posted: 01/22/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Home BancShares, which owns Centennial Bank, earned a record $37.4 million in the fourth quarter, a 25 percent jump from the same period in 2014, the Conway-based bank said Thursday.

Photos' sale OK, sides in suit told

posted: 01/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled Wednesday that the receiver in cases involving former photo archivist John Rogers can pursue the sale of a collection of about 7,500 sports photos.

Utility panel probes Entergy rate bid

posted: 01/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Commissioners with the Arkansas Public Service Commission raised dozens of questions Tuesday about the return on equity allowed for Entergy Arkansas in its case to raise rates.

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