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1. One Stop Grows From Changing Church Base -

In a city known for its churches and the culture of those churches, Betty Hobson has found a business model that shows just how broad and deep the influence of those churches can be.

2. AutoZone Shares Draw Interest From New Research Firms -

The stock of Memphis-based AutoZone Inc. has picked up new coverage from a handful of investment firms in recent weeks that have assigned a range of ratings to the stock.

3. Green Hills in Full Boom Despite Traffic Woes -

Stephen Graw first moved to Green Hills in 2004 right after college, renting a house with a bunch of buddies from school. Like his neighborhood, he’s done a lot of growing in the last decade and is now a senior advisor at Sperry Van Ness Nashville and on the Chamber West Leadership Council.

4. AutoZone Ordered to Pay $185M Over Pregnant Bias -

A federal jury in San Diego has hit AutoZone with $185 million in punitive damages after finding that the company retaliated against a pregnant manager, eventually demoting and firing her.

U-T San Diego reported Tuesday that the three-woman, five-man jury also awarded Rosario Juarez $872,000 in compensatory damages for lost wages and emotional stress.

5. Family Dollar Delays Special Shareholders Meeting -

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) – Family Dollar is delaying a special meeting at which shareholders were to vote on its $8.5 billion acquisition by Dollar Tree as regulators determine how many stores might need to be divested for antitrust reasons.

6. AutoZone Ordered to Pay $185 Million Over Pregnant Bias -

SAN DIEGO (AP) – A federal jury in San Diego has hit AutoZone with $185 million in punitive damages after finding that the company retaliated against a pregnant manager, eventually demoting and firing her.

7. US Retail Sales Rise Ahead of Holiday Shopping -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. retail sales rose modestly in October, evidence that recent job gains and lower gas prices are lifting consumer spending as the holiday shopping season begins.

The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales rose 0.3 percent last month after falling by the same amount in September. Excluding gas stations, where falling prices lowered spending, sales rose a solid 0.5 percent.

8. Wal-Mart Sales Perk Up Ahead of Holiday -

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. eked out a rare gain in an important sales measurement during the third quarter as it reported profits that beat Wall Street expectations Thursday.

9. Wal-Mart Sales Perk Up Ahead of Holiday -

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. eked out a rare gain in an important sales measurement during the third quarter as it reported profits that beat Wall Street expectations Thursday.

10. National Expansion -

As Amy Howard built her high-end, luxury furniture manufacturing business in Memphis over 23 years, the entrepreneur developed her own lines of paints and finishes for the pieces.

11. Entrepreneur Spirit Drives Owners of The Attic -

She was young and had a nice corporate career going straight out of school. So a lot of people would have traded places with Alexandra Nicole, who spent six years as a sales rep at International Paper.

12. Overton Square Highlights Commercial Real Estate Positives -

The old owners of Overton Square had a plan to remove existing local tenants and retailers and replace them with national retailers.

They succeeded in emptying Overton Square of tenants, but couldn’t attract new national retailers, leaving what was left to twist in the wind.

13. Hook, Line & Sinker -

In May, when the first guests at Big Cypress Lodge inside The Pyramid open the French doors in their rooms, they’ll be able to walk onto a patio overlooking the sprawling interior of the Bass Pro Shops store and attraction, including a re-creation of Delta cypress swamp and 600,000 gallons of water features.

14. Wal-Mart Ups Ante on Holiday Shopping -

Wal-Mart is doing whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy.

For the first time, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is offering free shipping on what it considers the season's top 100 hottest gifts, from board games to items related to Disney's hit film "Frozen" items, starting Saturday. The move comes as rival Target Corp. began offering free shipping on all items, a program that started late October and will last through Dec. 20.

15. Station Inn: Music History Amid Gulch High-Rises -

J.T. Gray – who pioneered smokeless nightclubs before it became fashionable (and/or mandated) – is glad to see sparkling condo towers, office buildings, restaurants and the like sprouting around him. After all, these newcomers eventually might find themselves inside his time-out-of-mind blockhouse where Bill Monroe used to just drop by and pick.

16. Want to Make Big Impression? Try Small Nashville-Area Retailers -

Imogene + Willie put 12 South on the world map for designer denim five years ago.

Its original American-made rigid jeans, custom-fitted to you in its showroom in a former gas station, are a nationwide pheno-menon, and the brand is so successful that owners Carrie and Matt Eddmenson have opened a second store in Portland, Oregon.

17. Survival of the Fittest -

Back in 2010, as the video rental giant Blockbuster was circling the drain in the wake of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, the irony was inescapable to Matt Martin.

Martin, co-owner of Black Lodge Video in Memphis, told a reporter for the Christian Science Monitor how Blockbuster employees “literally laughed in our faces” when the independent video rental shop first opened its doors.

18. US Services Firms Grow More Slowly, But Hiring Up -

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. services firms expanded more slowly in October, but the pace of growth was still healthy. Hiring also rose to the fastest pace in more than nine years.

The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its services index dropped to 57.1 in October, down from 58.6 in September. That was the second straight drop after the index had risen steadily since February to 59.6 in August, the highest in eight years. Any reading over 50 indicates expansion.

19. Voters Approve Wine, Amendments -

Shelby County citizens voted 2-to-1 Tuesday, Nov. 4, against a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that gives the Tennessee Legislature the power to regulate abortion, including in cases of rape or incest.

20. Tech Support -

As FedEx evolved, it developed its own technologies for moving packages around the globe, such as handheld devices that scan packages. When those devices experienced problems, FedEx technicians repaired them.

21. Voters Approve Wine, Constitutional Amendments -

Shelby County citizens voted 2-to-1 Tuesday, Nov. 4, against a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that gives the Tennessee Legislature the power to regulate abortion, including in cases of rape or incest.

22. Shelby Early Vote Shows "No" Carry On Abortion Amendment -

Shelby County’s early vote totals show a defeat for the amendment to the Tennessee Constitution involving abortion and passage of the other three amendments.

The vote count for Shelby County only during the early voting period in advance of the Tuesday, Nov. 4, election day show:

23. Disney Expands Digital Movie Service to Android -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Walt Disney Co. is expanding its digital movies app that allows fans to watch movie purchases across devices to Android's Google Play.

24. Major Retailers Step Up to Support St. Jude -

Several national businesses including major retailers have begun lining up to again raise money during the holiday season for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

For St. Jude, the holiday shopping season doubles as a time when the hospital works to raise awareness – and funds – for its battles to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Along those lines, its annual “Thanks and Giving” campaign that runs through the end of December gives the public a way to support the hospital and its mission while also shopping at a variety of businesses.

25. Fred's Taps New CEO -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. has shuffled its executive ranks, tapping executive vice president and chief financial officer Jerry Shore as its new CEO following CEO Bruce Efird giving his resignation to the company’s board.

26. Inclinator Remains Elusive at The Pyramid -

In the 23 years since The Pyramid was built and opened as an arena, some of the frustrations of developing the building for more than one use remain.

Its brief life as an arena now gone, The Pyramid is being converted to a Bass Pro Shops superstore with a hotel and other attractions inside, including restaurants and an aquarium at the top of the structure. There are also glass extensions at the top to view the city and the Mississippi River.

27. Midtown Success Highlights Commercial Real Estate Growth -

Loeb Properties Inc. plans to build on the momentum it has created at Overton Square while turning its attention to other parts of Midtown.

28. Amendments, Wine Dominate Election Day -

The last of 2014’s three elections promises to be defined just as much by the questions on the ballot as it is by the choices among candidates.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4, across Tennessee, with polls open in Shelby County from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

29. Wal-Mart Ups Ante on Holiday Shopping -

Wal-Mart is doing whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy.

For the first time, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is offering free shipping on what it considers the season's top 100 hottest gifts, from board games to items related to Disney's hit film "Frozen" items, starting Saturday. The move comes as rival Target Corp. began offering free shipping on all items, a program that started late October and will last through Dec. 20.

30. Wal-Mart Tests Matching Prices With Online Rivals -

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is considering matching online prices from competitors such as Amazon.com, raising the stakes for the holiday shopping season.

31. Staples Closes Stores, Keeps Distribution Center -

Just a few years after entering the Memphis market, Staples Inc. has closed all of its local stores, including a location on a prime piece of commercial real estate in East Memphis.

32. Sears Secures $7.3 Million Loan on East Memphis Store -

The parent company of Sears has taken out a $7.3 million loan on the store at 4570 Poplar Ave. in East Memphis, part of a broader effort to pump hundreds of millions into the struggling retailer.

33. Microsoft Unveils Fitness Gadget, Health Tracking -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pays for coffee as the software company seeks to challenge Apple and others in the still-infant market for wearable devices.

34. Wal-Mart Tests Matching Prices With Online Rivals -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is considering matching online prices from competitors such as Amazon.com, raising the stakes for the holiday shopping season.

35. Rural Tennessee Museum a Success in First Year -

UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) – When Discovery Park of America opened on a cornfield in rural Tennessee, its founders expected the museum described as a "mini-Smithsonian" to draw about 150,000 visitors in its first year.

36. Job Search Nightmare -

With Halloween upon us, we’re talking about our fears. Finding a job can be a scary thought for many people. But what is it about the process that unnerves us?

According to Glassdoor.com, research shows over 90 percent of Americans are afraid of something about the job search process. Some candidates become nervous that they’ll arrive late. Others worry about what to wear. Many people are afraid of feeling like they’re bragging. Some are afraid of being underqualified and others are scared of being overqualified. Some fear they’ll be judged for their age – either for being too old or too young.

37. Small Business Divided Over Minimum Wage Votes -

NEW YORK (AP) – Workers in five states could get a raise after Election Day.

Some small business owners say raising the minimum wage will pressure their companies, forcing them to cut employees' hours or jobs. Others say it's the right thing to do for workers and the economy.

38. Retail Skirmish Blocks Apple Pay at Checkout Line -

NEW YORK (AP) – Plan on paying in stores with your shiny new iPhone 6? Not so fast.

Retailer resistance to Apple Pay had been expected because Apple hasn't offered incentives to install pricey point-of-sale terminals and train staff on its new mobile payment system. But the decision to not accept Apple Pay by retailers that already have contactless terminals in the checkout line is a "skirmish" rooted in competition.

39. Staples Closes Memphis Stores, Keeps Distribution Center -

Just a few years after entering the Memphis market, Staples Inc. has closed all of its local stores, including a location on a prime piece of commercial real estate in East Memphis.

40. CWCapital Sheds Willow Lake Buildings -

3900, 4100 Willow Lake Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $1.9 million

41. Early Vote Turnout Lags Behind 2010 -

Early voting turnout in advance of the Nov. 4 Election Day was running about 17,000 voters behind the early vote turnout four years ago for the same election cycle through the second and final weekend in the early voting period.

42. Sears Secures $7.3 Million Loan on East Memphis Store -

The parent company of Sears has taken out a $7.3 million loan on the store at 4570 Poplar Ave. in East Memphis, part of a broader effort to pump hundreds of millions into the struggling retailer.

43. Memphis Economic Indicator Finds Optimism -

The latest Memphis Economic Indicator, a quarterly survey measuring general business sentiment produced jointly by The Daily News and Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, found a downward trend in sentiment measured by almost all of the survey’s six standard questions.

44. Wine Sales Debate Enters Stretch Run -

Josh Hammond, the president of Buster’s Liquor and Wines, sums up the position he has to overcome in a word – convenience.

That is how backers of the referendums on the Nov. 4 ballot to allow wine sales in food stores are selling the proposition to voters via television ads as early voters are making their choices on the questions in Memphis, Bartlett, Collierville, Arlington, Millington and Germantown.

45. Sprouts Farmers Market Applies for Building Permit -

3150 Village Shops Drive
Germantown, TN 38138

Project Cost: $1.5 million

Applied: Oct. 14, 2014

46. Obama Announces Plan to Tighten Card Security -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Saying more must be done to stop data breaches affecting consumers, President Barack Obama announced on Friday a government plan to tighten security for the debit cards that transmit federal benefits like Social Security to millions of Americans.

47. Midtown Music Shop Works to Spread ‘Aural Art Form’ -

A little over a year ago Jeremy Barzizza went from being in the music business to being the owner of a music business.

48. Experts to Provide Commercial Real Estate Outlook at Seminar -

Yes, Overton Square is booming, but that may not have been the case without Memphis-based Loeb Properties Inc.

49. Macy's to Open Even Earlier on Thanksgiving -

Macy's Inc. is opening its stores at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, two hours earlier than last year, to lure holiday shoppers.

50. Whole Foods to Roll Out Rankings for Produce -

Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good," ''better" or "best" based on the supplier's farming practices.

Most notably, the supermarket chain says its "responsibly grown" labeling system for produce and flowers will prohibit the use of several common pesticides. The rankings will also take into account factors such as water and energy use.

51. Sprouts Moving Ahead with Germantown Store -

Sprouts Farmers Market is moving ahead with developing its new Germantown grocery store.

Sprouts, one of the fastest growing grocery chains in the country, has filed $1.5 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

52. Editorial: Questions and Candidates for November -

The last election of 2014 is underway with early voting across the state and in Shelby County.

And the questions for voters continue to be not only whom but what to vote for.

The ballot includes a dozen referendums, from a city charter amendment to wine in grocery stores to liquor by the drink to the four proposed amendments to the Tennessee Constitution.

53. Thinner iPads, Sharper iMacs in Apple's Lineup -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – Apple unveiled a thinner iPad Thursday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand. The company also released an update to its Mac operating system and introduced a high-resolution iMac model that might appeal to heavy watchers of television over the Internet.

54. Wal-Mart Scales Back US Store Growth -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to dramatically scale back expansion of its U.S. supercenters, while investing more in e-commerce in an effort to pursue customers where they are shopping.

55. Whole Foods to Roll Out Rankings for Produce -

Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good," ''better" or "best" based on the supplier's farming practices.

Most notably, the supermarket chain says its "responsibly grown" labeling system for produce and flowers will prohibit the use of several common pesticides. The rankings will also take into account factors such as water and energy use.

56. Macy's to Open Even Earlier on Thanksgiving -

Macy's Inc. is opening its stores at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, two hours earlier than last year, to lure holiday shoppers.

57. Sprouts Moving Ahead With Germantown Store -

Sprouts Farmers Market is moving ahead with developing its new Germantown grocery store.

Sprouts, one of the fastest growing grocery chains in the country, has filed $1.5 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

58. JPMorgan CEO Says More to be Done on Cyberattacks -

NEW YORK (AP) – JPMorgan Chase's CEO Jamie Dimon says that more coordination between businesses and government is needed to combat the rising threat of cyberattacks.

New York-based JPMorgan said earlier this month that a breach of its computer systems this summer compromised customer information pertaining to roughly 76 million households and 7 million small businesses. Among the customer data stolen were names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.

59. Early Voting Opens in Midterm Elections -

Early voting opens Wednesday, Oct. 15, across Shelby County as well as Tennessee in the mid-term general elections that are the second most popular election cycle in Shelby County by voter turnout.

60. Review Site Yelp Battles Extortion Claims -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – First the chefs of a small Italian restaurant got mad at online review site Yelp. Instead of trying to get better reviews, they decided to take a different approach: get terrible ones.

61. Kmart Becomes Latest Victim of Data Breach -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp. announced that it detected a data breach at its Kmart stores that started last month, affecting certain customers' credit and debit card accounts.

62. Wal-Mart Cuts Health Benefits for Some Part-Timers -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation's largest private employer.

63. Holiday Sales Seen Rising 4.1 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are expected to spend at the highest rate in three years during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, according to the nation's largest retail industry trade group.

64. Wal-Mart Plans 1-Stop Health Coverage Shopping -

Wal-Mart is taking one-stop shopping to another area: health insurance.

The world's largest retailer plans to work with DirectHealth.com, an online health insurance comparison site and agency, to allow shoppers to compare coverage options and enroll in Medicare plans or the public exchange plans created under the Affordable Care Act.

65. Businesses With Name 'Isis' Fight Bad Brand Image -

Aeran Brent is tired of visitors asking about her store's name or snapping pictures of the sign outside.

Unfortunately, that's life for a small-business owner whose shop – Isis Bridal and Formal – shares a name with ISIS, the acronym of a notorious Islamic militant group that the United States is fighting in Iraq and Syria.

66. Downtown Knoxville Tourism Finally Finds its Stride -

When Kim Trent moved to Knoxville in 1990, she could stand along Gay Street on a Sunday and be the only soul in sight. Today, she’s a face in the crowd.

67. Where Should I Take My Nashville Visitors? -

Getting into the short-term rental game also means being a tour guide for Music City.

Guests will want to know where to find Nashville’s hidden gems, those can’t-miss places every visitor should be lucky enough to experience.

68. Ballot Questions Highlight November Election -

When Shelby County voters begin making their choices in a week and a half in the last election of 2014, a good number of the choices won’t be among candidates but rather a choice between yes or no.

69. Macy's Joins Others in Big Holiday Hiring Spree -

NEW YORK (AP) – Macy's plans to hire about 86,000 seasonal holiday workers nationwide to bolster its stores, call centers and distribution hubs, a 3.6 percent increase from last year.

The department store chain, which also operates Bloomingdale's, said Monday that the growth is being fueled by its expanding online business. This year, about 10,000 of the total 86,000 seasonal workers will be based in eight distribution center across the country. Last year, that figure was 7,000, the company said.

70. Economy's Q2 Rebound Was Even Faster Than Thought -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy's bounce-back last quarter from a dismal winter was even faster than previously thought, a sign that growth will likely remain solid for rest of the year.

71. Level Nine Provides Concierge Staff on Call -

Jimmy Farrell, a partner at Benefit Recovery Inc., a health care cost-containment firm, was searching for reliable and enjoyable transportation to and from Memphis International Airport for himself, his clients and employees.

72. More Stores, Walk-In Clinics Offering Vaccines and Shots -

Pull up to a local Walgreens and you may be immediately presented with a shot menu: flu, shingles, pneumonia and other options. Theoretically, in one trip to the drugstore you can knock out your flu shot, pick up some ice cream, bread or beer, maybe grab a birthday card for your mother-in-law, and be on your way.

73. Jimmy John's Says Customers' Card Data Stolen -

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Jimmy John's sandwich chain said Wednesday that it believes customers' credit card data was stolen from 216 of its shops between June and September.

74. Events -

The Mid-South Book Festival will be held Thursday, Sept. 25, through Sunday, Sept. 28, at locations across Memphis. The festival, presented by Literacy Mid-South, will feature celebrity authors, creative-writing seminars, speaking panels, multiple book stores, music and more. Some events are ticketed, but all are free. Visit midsouthbookfest.org for a schedule.

75. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “The Phantom of the Opera” Wednesday, Sept. 24, through Oct. 5 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com.

76. UPS Expands 3-D Printing to 100 More Stores -

ATLANTA (AP) – UPS says it will put 3-D printers in nearly 100 more stores as it seeks to lure small businesses.

United Parcel Service Inc. said Monday that it has been testing the printers at six stores. The company said they have been used by businesses, inventors and artists to make architectural models, prototypes and other items.

77. Events -

Volunteer Mid-South will hold a volunteer expo Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave. Dozens of Mid-South nonprofits will on hand to discuss programs and volunteer opportunities. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.

78. AutoZone Shares Drop After Fourth-Quarter Results -

AutoZone Inc. shares dropped more than 4 percent Monday afternoon after reporting fourth-quarter revenue that missed Wall Street expectations.

79. Sprouts Confirms Lakeland, Germantown Stores in 2015 -

Sprouts Farmers Market, a fast-growing specialty grocery chain, has confirmed it will open two Memphis-area stores in 2015, one in Germantown and another in Lakeland.

Sprouts will turn the 30,000-square-foot former Schnucks location at The Shops of Forest Hill at Poplar Avenue and Forest Hill-Irene Road in Germantown into one of its stores, which replicate the look and feel of an indoor farmers market and specialize in fresh, organic and healthy food.

80. Events -

Volunteer Mid-South will hold a volunteer expo Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar Ave. Dozens of Mid-South nonprofits will on hand to discuss programs and volunteer opportunities. Visit volunteermidsouth.org.

81. Family Dollar Opposes Dollar General Overture -

Family Dollar has told shareholders to reject an unsolicited, $9.1 billion takeover bid from its rival, Dollar General.

Family Dollar is currently trying to arrange a sale to another bargain chain, Dollar Tree Inc.

82. Wal-Mart to Increase Holiday Hiring 10 Percent -

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of nearly 10 percent from last year.

83. Sprouts Applies for Building Permit -

Sprouts Farmers Market has applied for a building permit to turn the old Kroger store in Lakeland into one of its upscale grocery stores.

Sprout applied for a $650,000 building permit to renovate the former Kroger at 9050 U.S. 64 in Lakeland. The building permit application lists AAD Fitch Inc. as the architect on the project.

84. Brighter Economy Driving Up Holiday Hiring Plans -

NEW YORK (AP) – UPS will hire up to 95,000. Kohl's plans to take on 67,000 and FedEx 50,000. Wal-Mart will add 60,000.

One after the other, a flurry of major U.S. retail and transportation companies announced sharp increases this week in the number of temporary workers they plan to hire for the holiday season. Collectively, such hiring could reach its highest point this year for stores since 1999, when the economy was roaring and the Great Recession was still eight years away.

85. Wal-Mart to Increase Holiday Hiring 10 Percent -

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of nearly 10 percent from last year.

86. Drugstores, Retailers Dive Deeper Into Vaccines -

Walgreen provided enough flu shots last season to protect a population roughly twice the size of Los Angeles.

CVS doled out more than 5 million, or double its total from a few years ago. And Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, offers flu shots at more than 4,200 of its U.S. stores that have pharmacies.

87. Family Dollar Opposes Dollar General Overture -

Family Dollar has told shareholders to reject an unsolicited, $9.1 billion takeover bid from its rival, Dollar General.

Family Dollar is currently trying to arrange a sale to another bargain chain, Dollar Tree Inc.

88. FedEx Profits Surge Above Wall Street Estimates -

FedEx said fiscal first-quarter profits surged to $606 million, driven by gains in its freight, ground and express operations and a share buyback program.

Memphis-based FedEx reported earnings Wednesday, Sept. 17, of $2.10 per diluted share for the first quarter ended Aug. 31, up 37 percent from last year’s $1.53 per share and above Wall Street estimates. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.96 per share. FedEx shares were up 4.29 percent following the earnings release and conference call with company executives.

89. Sprouts Farmers Market Applies for Building Permit -

Sprouts Farmers Market has applied for a building permit to turn the old Kroger store in Lakeland into one of its upscale grocery stores.

Sprout applied for a $650,000 building permit to renovate the former Kroger at 9050 U.S. 64 in Lakeland. The building permit application lists AAD Fitch Inc. as the architect on the project.

90. First South Launches More Secure Cards -

First South Financial is preparing to roll out credit cards embedded with new chip technology that offer users more protection than the standard piece of plastic today.

Starting Oct. 1, the Memphis-based credit union will offer its Visa Platinum credit cards with new EMV chip technology. Cards with such technology, according to the Smart Card Alliance, contain embedded microprocessors that support “enhanced cardholder verification methods” and are regarded as more secure when making purchases online.

91. Apple: Record 4 Million Orders of iPhones on First Day -

NEW YORK (AP) – Apple had more than 4 million advance orders of its new, larger iPhones in the first 24 hours, exceeding its initial supply, the company said Monday.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be delivered to customers starting Friday and throughout September, but many won't be delivered until October, Apple said. Phones will still be available Friday on a walk-in basis at Apple retail stores and from various wireless carriers and authorized Apple resellers.

92. Auto Buying Boosts August Retail Sales -

Auto buying drove U.S. retail sales higher in August, a possible sign that job growth in recent months has led to accelerated consumer spending.

The Commerce Department said Friday that seasonally adjusted retail sales rose 0.6 percent compared with the prior month. Sales are up 5 percent in the past 12 months. July sales were also revised upward from flat to a 0.3 percent increase.

93. Dollar Tree, Family Dollar Receive FTC Request -

Dollar Tree Inc. said Tuesday that it has received a request from the Federal Trade Commission for more information about its proposed takeover of Family Dollar Stores Inc.

94. Apple Pushes Digital Wallet Service With Apple Pay -

Apple is betting that people want to pay with a tap of the phone rather than a swipe of the card.

The technology company on Tuesday introduced a new digital wallet service called Apple Pay that is integrated with its Passbook credential-storage app and its fingerprint ID security system.

95. RadioShack Warns of Possible Chapter 11 Bankruptcy -

NEW YORK (AP) – RadioShack warned Thursday that it may need to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization if it can't rework its debt or find another way to ease a cash crunch.

The struggling retailer said in a regulatory filing that it is in talks with its lenders, bondholders, shareholders and landlords to fix its balance sheet, but if it can't, it will try to file a prepackaged bankruptcy.

96. Apple Pushes Digital Wallet With Apple Pay -

Apple is betting that people want to pay with a tap of the phone rather than a swipe of the card.

The technology company on Tuesday introduced a new digital wallet service called Apple Pay that is integrated with its Passbook credential-storage app and its fingerprint ID security system.

97. Dollar General Goes Hostile in Bid for Rival -

Dollar General is going hostile with its $9.1 billion bid for Family Dollar after its rival repeatedly rejected previous offers.

The discount chain has commenced an open offering to investors of Family Dollar Stores Inc. for $80 per share in cash. That offer was rejected last week by the company's board, which has already accepted a deal with another discounter, Dollar Tree.

98. Apple Reveals Larger iPhones and Smartwatch -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – For the first time in years, Apple's iPhones weren't the star of the show. Apple unveiled a smartwatch on Tuesday, a wearable device that marks the company's first major entry in a new product category since the iPad's debut in 2010.

99. Home Depot Confirms Breach in US, Canada Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shares of Home Depot sank before the opening bell Tuesday after confirming that its payment systems had been hacked, potentially exposing millions of shoppers who used credit and debit cards at its more than 2,000 U.S. and Canadian stores.

100. Dollar Tree, Family Dollar Receive FTC Request -

Dollar Tree Inc. said Tuesday that it has received a request from the Federal Trade Commission for more information about its proposed takeover of Family Dollar Stores Inc.