Business briefs

June 24, 2014 

MML brings thousands to Biloxi

BILOXI -- The city is host this week to between 2,500 and 3,000 leaders from cities and towns from across the state, along with state officials, vendors and their families for the annual summer meeting of the Mississippi Municipal League.

The conference at the Coast Convention Center continues through Thursday and will provide updates on new laws and regulations, best practices for conducting public meetings, how to reduce electricity costs and municipal borrowing.

Ribbon cuttings will be in Pascagoula, Biloxi, O.S.

Thursday: 3 p.m. Pascagoula Clinic of Chiropractic, 421 Delmas Ave., Suite B, Pascagoula

Friday: 4 p.m. Boots & Spurs, 702 Bellande Court, Ocean Springs. Open house 4-7 p.m.

Friday: 4 p.m. Fidelis Realty, 2318 Pass Road, Suite 7A, Biloxi. Open house 4-7 p.m.

Law firm releases new version of app

Law firm Fisher & Phillips, which has an office in Gulfport and 30 other locations, has released Version 2 of its FMLA Leave Calculator App.

The earlier version of the app, released last June, has been downloaded more than 1,600 times.

The app allows human resource professionals and other managers to calculate basic leave requests and determine how much FMLA leave an employee has available.

Details: laborlawyers.com/FMLALeaveApp

Consumer confidence highest since 2008

WASHINGTON -- Consumer confidence rose in June to the highest level in more than six years as an improving job market bolsters households.

The Conference Board's index climbed to 85.2, the strongest reading since January 2008, from 82.2 in May, the New York-based private research group said Tuesday.

Fewer firings, gains in employment and record stock prices are underpinning attitudes, brightening the outlook for consumer spending, which accounts for almost 70 percent of the economy.

Walgreen profit jumps but misses expectations

Walgreen's fiscal third quarter earnings jumped 16 percent compared with last year, aided in part by a lower income tax rate, although they missed Wall Street's expectations.

Walgreen earned $722 million, or 75 cents per share, in the quarter that ended May 31, up from $624 million, or 65 cents per share, a year ago.

-- Staff, wire reports

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