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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Business) -- The Dow logging its ninth straight day of gains; the last time it's been a winning streak this long was in 1996.

All this is continuing a run that began last week when the index surpassed its previous all-time high of 14,164.

Good report on U.S. monthly retail sales

Wednesday's coming after a good report on monthly retail sales.

The Commerce Department said Americans spent at the fastest pace in five months in February, boosting retail spending by 1.1 percent from January.

About half the jump reflected higher gas prices but even excluding gas purchases, retail sales rose 0.6 percent.

The report showed that Americans kept spending last month despite higher Social Security taxes that took effect this year.

The report also said auto sales rose 1.1 percent after a 0.4 percent January increase. Sales at general merchandise stores, places including Wal-Mart and Macy's, rose 0.5 percent in February.

Bruno's Little Italy headed downtown

Here in Arkansas, the restaurateurs behind Bruno's Little Italy announced that they plans to re-open the eatery on the ground floor of the Mann building at 310 Main St. in downtown Little Rock, which has been undergoing a $22 million renovation.

Brothers Vince and Gio Bruno, the sons of the Italian restaurant's founder, will operate the new restaurant.

Construction on the new space started this week, and the Brunos are planning a grand opening in early August.

Other tenants are expecting to begin moving into the 140,000-SF Mann building in June.

Wal-Mart exec to speak at Clinton School

And finally, Leslie Dach, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville, is scheduled to speak Tuesday at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.

Dach, who is leaving the post in June, will discuss "issues regarding social and corporate responsibility in America."

Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford will lead the discussion.

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