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  • Highlights from the Fed's US economic survey Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • Wal-Mart to accelerate small store growth Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 11:09 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is accelerating the expansion of small stores, particularly its Neighborhood Market stores, as it looks to compete with a variety of rivals from dollar stores to drug chains.

  • Arkansas lawmakers begin budget hearings Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:41 AM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- Arkansas lawmakers began work Tuesday on crafting the state's budget for next year, nearing an election that could flip party control of the Legislature and amid unanswered questions about funding needs for schools and Medicaid.

  • Belfonte recalls some ice cream with peanut butter Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:33 AM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- Belfonte Ice Cream is recalling two types of ice cream that contain peanut butter because of the potential of salmonella contamination. The ice cream was sold between April 2010 and October 2012 in retail and convenience stores in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

  • Top US ag negotiator: Farm exports likely down $1B Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 7:55 PM ET

    STUTTGART, Ark.-- The nation's top agricultural negotiator said Tuesday that he expects farm exports to be down between $1 billion and $2 billion this year because of the drought. He added that he doesn't believe a one-year dip would lead to a lasting slowdown in sales to Asia, where China is a major buyer of U.S. dairy and meat, or elsewhere.

  • *Advocates, state regulators say plan is fatally flawed* Some say they won't rule out suing SEC if changes not made* Groups point to earlier shoddy cost-benefit analyses* Lifting of the advertising ban was required by JOBS Act* Groups urge SEC to completely re-draft the rule By Sarah N. Lynch.

  • Wal-Mart to give analysts look at business plans Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 6:17 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executives are expected to brief Wall Street analysts Wednesday on topics ranging from the retailer's plans to expand its small stores to its strategies for improving profitability in its overseas business.

  • Wal-Mart to give investors look at business plans Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 6:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executives are expected to brief investors Wednesday on topics ranging from the retailer's plans to expand its small stores to its strategies for improving profitability in its overseas business.

  • *Some say they won't rule out suing SEC if changes not made.

  • Wal-Mart is testing same-day delivery for holidays Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Wal-Mart is testing a same-day delivery service in select markets for customers who buy popular items online during the holiday shopping season. The tests, which started this month, are taking place in northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and San Francisco and San Jose, Calif. About 5,000 items will be available for the same-day service.

  • Arkansas' Smith restructured payment schedule Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 11:07 AM ET

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.-- Arkansas coach John L. Smith appears to have structured the bulk of his $850,000 salary to be paid after the likely end of his bankruptcy proceedings. The contract was signed a week after Smith acknowledged publicly to The Associated Press that he was facing bankruptcy as a result of land deals gone bad in Kentucky.

  • Wal-Mart tests same-day delivery for holidays Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 12:21 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Wal-Mart is testing a same-day delivery service in select markets for customers who buy popular items online during the holiday shopping season. Wal-Mart's tests started this month in northern Virginia and Philadelphia. Wal-Mart plans to test the service in San Francisco and San Jose, Calif., later this month or in early November.

  • *Bluebird card available next week at Walmart stores, online. *Amex gets access to 4,000 stores, spending by underbanked* Wal-Mart brings low pricing to card accounts* Average American pays $200 annually in fees* Shares of rival card companies NetSpend, Green Dot tank.

  • *Bluebird card available next week at Walmart stores, online. *Amex gets access to 4,000 stores, spending by under-banked* Wal-Mart brings low-pricing to card accounts* Average American pays $200 annually in fees* Shares of rival card companies NetSpend, Green Dot tank By Martinne Geller and David Henry.

  • *Bluebird card available next week at Walmart stores, online. *Amex gets access to 4,000 stores, spending by under-banked* Wal-Mart brings low-pricing to card accounts* Average American pays $200 annually in fees* Shares of rival card companies NetSpend, Green Dot tank By Martinne Geller and David Henry.

  • *Bluebird card available next week at Walmart stores, online. *Amex gets access to 4,000 stores, spending by under-banked* Wal-Mart brings low-pricing to card accounts* Average American pays $200 annually in fees* Shares of rival card companies NetSpend, Green Dot tank.

  • Ark. officials mark expansion at plant Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 4:22 PM ET

    PRESCOTT, Ark.-- A roofing products company in Prescott, Ark. is marking the completion of a $36 million expansion and the addition of 100 new jobs. In 2011, the company announced it would close a factory in Kingtree, S.C., and move those jobs to the expanded Prescott plant.

  • At a Glance: Weekly change in state gas prices Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:14 PM ET
  • UALR to host online marketing seminar Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 10:21 AM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- In advance of the holiday shopping season, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is preparing to host a seminar on how to market goods and services online. The one-day seminar is set for Oct. 18 at UALR's Donald W. Reynolds Business Center. Participants will learn how to establish and enhance their online business presence.

  • US Ag secretary attends regional drought workshops Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:58 AM ET

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack plans to attend the first workshop on Tuesday in Omaha, Neb. The other three workshops are being planned in Pueblo, Colo., Pine Bluff, Ark., and an undetermined town in Ohio.