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Flip PutthoffJohn Silva, managing director and chief economist for Wells Fargo, and Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, applaud Friday during the 21st annual Business Forecast Lunch.

Economist: Retool state workforce

Higher pay crucial, too, speaker says at economic forum

Arkansas' economy will see gains in 2015 but must find the right alignment of industry and trained workforce to see breakaway growth, attendees at the 21st annual Business Forecast Lunch were told Friday. Continue reading...

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David N. GoodmanIn this Jan. 1, 2015, file photo, Cars fill up at the pumps at a Shell station near downtown Detroit. Profits for companies in the Standard & Poors 500 index are expected to grow at one of lowest rates in years, just 1.4 percent. The culprit: Energy companies that suffered as oil prices plunged. On Thursday, Jan. 29, Shell posted a 57 percent drop in fourth quarter earnings.

Cheap gas gives people cash to burn

Subscriber onlyThe drop in oil prices is proving to be a boon for U.S. households, according to government reports. Lower gasoline prices coupled with improvements in employment are lifting consumer confidence and spurring spending, economists say. Continue reading...

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ELISE AMENDOLAWelders work at a commercial construction site in Boston earlier this month. The U.S. economy grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter, the Commerce Department said Friday.

Slacker growth in GDP caps '14

It’s up 2.6% after a hotter midyear

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy expanded at a slower pace than forecast in the fourth quarter as cooling business investment, a slump in government spending and a widening trade gap took some of the shine off the biggest gain in consumer spending in almost nine years. Continue reading...