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Kroger expects to earn less this year on falling prices

Kroger’s profit in its second quarter fell nearly 12 percent as it made changes to its employee pensions. The supermarket operator also said Friday that it was hurt by falling prices of eggs, meats and other products, forcing it to lower its earnings guidance for the year. Shares of Kroger Co. slipped almost 2 percent before the stock market opened ...

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Cuba trade topic of Oct. 20 MDA seminar

MBJ Staff Taking advantage of trade opportunities with Cuba will be the topic of the one-day seminar hosted by the Mississippi Development Authority. The event will be held Thursday, Oct. 20, from 8:30 a.m. till 4 p.m. at The South Warehouse, 627 E. Silas Brown Street in Jackson. “The summit is an excellent opportunity for Mississippi business leaders interested in ...

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Pascagoula sets another tax election after first fell short

Pascagoula officials will make a second run at setting a 2 percent restaurant tax to help pay for ballfields and other recreation projects. An election last week fell short of the 60 percent margin needed to approve the tax. About 1,350 voted, and 56 percent were for it. The Sun Herald reports that the City Council decided Tuesday to take ...

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Boggs named controller

The Washington County Economic Alliance in Greenville has hired Hillary Boggs as Controller. Boggs will handle the organization’s finances and investments. Boggs joins the WCEA with 10-plus years of work experience in advanced statistical and financial analysis as well as business development. She has experience in grant writing and business development, specializing in helping businesses develop marketing and financial plans. ...

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Chamber hires Hernandez

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc. has named Mei-Li Hernandez as the next Membership Coordinator. Hernandez’s focus will be on membership development, recruitment, and retention. A former Pass Christian resident, Hernandez graduated from Pass Christian High School in 2003. She now resides in Biloxi. Hernandez has been a member of Coast Young Professionals for one year, where she ...

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Lost Rabbit: Finding its way

By JACK WEATHERLY  The idyllic planned community born 10 years ago has been struggling ever since to find its way. Its name, The Town of Lost Rabbit, meantime, earned a second meaning. The upscale Madison County development has fought what has seemed at times to be a losing battle to fill out the 259-acre site on the Ross Barnett Reservoir. ...

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Char restaurant to expand by 50 percent

By JACK WEATHERLY Sometimes, a business solution is right out the back door. The owners of Char restaurant, the 4-Top Hospitality Group, seized the opportunity of leasing 3,000 square feet behind it in Highland Village. The expansion, which brings the total space under the Char roof to 9,300 square feet, will provide special events space. “We look forward to hosting ...

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The ‘Blue Economy’ to get a boost with $10M Marine Science Facility at Port of Gulfport

By BECKY GILLETTE GULFPORT — It has been estimated that 35 percent of the Coast’s economy is based on maritime businesses like shipbuilding, transportation, fishing and tourism. And now what has been dubbed the “Blue Economy” will get another boost with the construction of a new $10-million Marine Science Facility that will be built by the Port of Gulfport for the University of ...

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Makers of cookies and coaxial cable among export award winners

By JACK WEATHERLY  Flathau’s Fine Foods’ exports of its cookies and cheese straws are growing at between 5 percent and 10 percent a year. Chile is the Petal-based company’s biggest overseas customer, according to founder Jeff Flathau. It was one of six Mississippi companies recognized for achievements at the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Exporting Aug. 26 at the Jackson ...

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