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Wal-Mart adds private-label brand

Subscriber onlyWal-Mart Stores Inc. is adding a new private label for food and consumables to its shelves, one that will offer products at the lowest price possible, a company representative said Monday. Continue reading...

Have Wal-Mart Supercenters peaked?

Mega-stores lost ground to small kin in quarter

Subscriber onlyWal-Mart's big-box Supercenters, derived from founder Sam Walton's original discount stores, carried the company through an era of growth and led to Wal-Mart becoming the nation's leading grocer. Continue reading...

Holiday peak to see open registers

Wal-Mart vows more manpower

Subscriber onlyDuring Wal-Mart's recent 2014 U.S. Holiday Meeting in Denver, the company vowed to keep all its cash registers open during peak hours at its 3,800 Supercenters and discount stores every weekend from Black Friday through Christmas. Continue reading...

Wal-Mart earnings decrease 1.6%

Subscriber onlyWal-Mart Stores Inc. reported second-quarter earnings Thursday that met analysts' estimates as well as its own; however, the company scaled back its earnings predictions for the rest of the year, citing higher health care costs, a larger investment in e-commerce and an elevated tax rate. Continue reading...

Roses, miles of thread preview of art to come

Subscriber onlyCrystal Bridges Museum of American Art's long-awaited contemporary art exhibition "State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now" opens one month from today, though some of its large-scale art installations are already visible to museum patrons. Continue reading...

Wal-Mart again gathering suppliers

Subscriber onlyAbout 1,400 government officials and suppliers from 42 states are expected to convene in Denver on Thursday for Wal-Mart's second annual U.S. Manufacturing Summit. Continue reading...

Men are adopting bags for Net gear

Accessory sales boom since 2013

Subscriber onlyIn the '80s, they were called "man-purses," but the retail industry now considers them simply "bags," and they're an accessory that men are latching onto fast. The trend is driven mostly by the amount of stuff they have to carry, such as their electronic devices, said Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at The NPD Group. Continue reading...

Historic Preservation group hits the road to share goals

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- The North Little Rock-based Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas picked up a few new friends and members during an awareness event Aug. 1 at Apple Blossom Brewing Co. in Fayetteville. Continue reading...

Walmart.com rolls out new site features

Retailer to use stored data to connect with shoppers

Subscriber onlyWalmart.com, the online site for U.S. Wal-Mart customers, got a new look and feel Monday, with individualized features that are expected to make buying faster and easier. Continue reading...

Wal-Mart launches Savings Catcher tool

Subscriber onlyWal-Mart released its new Savings Catcher program to a nationwide audience Monday. The online tool allows customers to comparison shop with Wal-Mart by scanning their Wal-Mart receipts and offers them store credit if they find eligible items at a better price at another leading retailer. Continue reading...

Retail giant's new deal adds to Net arsenal

Wal-Mart’s Luvocracy buy seen as pre-emptive strike

Wal-Mart's recent purchase of the social marketplace Luvocracy is viewed by some as a talent raid of the website's creator and team, as well as a means of squeezing out the competition in areas where the retailer's research and development group, @WalmartLabs, is lacking. Continue reading...

'Dollar' stores merge to fend off retailer

Subscriber onlyA deal announced Monday for Dollar Tree Inc. to acquire rival Family Dollar Stores Inc. gives the combined retailer many more stores in the small-store arena than Wal-Mart, even with Wal-Mart's ongoing small-store building spree. Continue reading...

Back-to-school shopping bill to rise 5% to $670 per family

Subscriber onlyRetail experts expect 2014 back-to-school shopping receipts to jump 5 percent to $670 per household over last year's spending. Continue reading...

Exhibit shows works as realized, rejected

Museum presents architect’s designs

Subscriber onlyMoshe Safdie, an international architect, has learned as much from his works that never made it past the design phase as he has from the finished projects spanning his nearly 50-year career in architecture. Continue reading...

Pack Rat owner off to capital

Congress to hear tax-fairness push

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Pack Rat Outdoor Center owner Carolyn Crook of is packing for an overnight trip to Washington next week to speak to members of Congress on behalf of small-business owners about, among other things, sales tax fairness. Continue reading...

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