When it comes time to find new locations for Bass Pro Shops, the Springfield-based company considers the number of hunting and fishing licenses sold near potential stores and the proximity to areas...

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — O'Reilly Auto Parts, reported that sales for its second quarter ended June 30 increased $84 million, or 6%, to $1.56 billion from $1.48 billion for the same period one year ago. The company posted a 9% increase in net income to $146 million from $134 million for the same period last year. Diluted earnings per common share for the second quarter increased 20% to $1.15 on 127 million shares versus 96 cents for the same period one year ago on 140 million shares. Comparable-store sales increased 2.5% for the second quarter versus 4.4% for the

Illinois is dangerously close to making an already challenging economy even more difficult for thousands of small businesses with a new e-commerce tax. Lawmakers recently passed the measure without regard for the potential impact on Illinois' technology businesses.

Decorize, Springfield, Mo., announced Thursday that it has delivered an exclusive line of home office desk accessories to OfficeMax, Itasca, Ill., which operates more than 900 stores nationwide. The line includes two collections of desk accessories, lamps and well décor. “These collections for OfficeMax are another example of the strengths of our design team,” said Decorize CEO Steve Crowder. “Our vertically integrated platform continues to be the model for excellence in decorated home accents, and we look forward to demonstrating our expanding capabilities as we open new capacity in Indonesia.” Founded in 2000, Decorize has served more than 3,000 small and large

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