Dollars & Sense
March Sees Slight Dip in Existing-Home Sales, Yearly Prices Continue Increase
The National Association of Realtors reported total existing-home sales remained 10.3 percent higher than a year ago in March 2013. Despite the increase, March sales were down 0.6 percent from February.
Pier One Reports $61.7 Million Earnings
Pier One Imports, Inc. reported net income in the fiscal 2013 fourth quarter 46 percent below the same quarter in 2012. However, this dramatic income decrease is not an accurate sign of Pier One’s performance in the past year.
Earnings Up at Belo Corporation
Belo's net income increased 16.8 percent in the first quarter of 2013 due to significant gains in core and total spot revenue.
Pier One Sales Increase with Housing Market Recovery
Five years ago, Pier One Imports Inc. appeared to be on the verge of bankruptcy. But as the housing market began its revival, the 50-year-old company jumped in to supply homeowners with decor and furnishings.
Finding Success in the Middle of Fast-Casual and Casual-Plus
Which casual-dining restaurants will lure consumers who still have a need to dine out?
Demographics, personal income, and consumer tastes drive the demand for casual dining. The restaurant industry is in a new era, just ask one of the world’s leading casual-dining restaurant companies, Brinker International Inc.
The Belo Corporation
While Americans have been enjoying political advertisement—free television following the 2012 election, broadcasting companies such as Belo Corp. see it differently. Belo experienced a fiscally successful year due to the election, but with political advertising no longer filling the coffers, the company must be resourceful to make up for lost revenue.
OnlineTextbook Sites Mean Less Profits for Barnes and Noble
While SMU’s designated Barnes and Noble bookstore has been the ideal location for students to purchase books, rising costs have students seeking other options.
The Impact of Numbers: SMU Financial Aid
Financial aid impact many students decision to attend SMU, considering the tuition costs for the 2013-2014 school year have increased to more than $55,000.