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Walmart expanding health care clinics

Walmart Inc. is taking its new low-cost health care model to more locations, with plans to open six Walmart Health clinics in the Atlanta area and two in the Chicago area by the end of the year, a Walmart spokeswoman confirmed Friday.

The Bentonville retailer opened a clinic in Springdale on June 24, and already has three in Georgia. Walmart said on Wednesday that it plans to open at least one near Jacksonville, Fla., in 2021.

Called Walmart Health, the clinics offer primary and urgent care, diagnostics and mental-health counseling as well as dental, optical and hearing services. They also offer fitness and nutrition activities and counseling, and help patients with health insurance enrollment.

The centers are staffed by doctors, nurse practitioners, dentists, behavioral health providers and optometrists. The buildings are typically attached to a supercenter, with a separate entrance for privacy.

Other retailers recently venturing into the health care market include CVS Health Corp., Target Corp. and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.

— Serenah McKay

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Van Buren trucker set to report on 2Q

USA Truck Inc. will report its second quarter earnings after market close on Monday and hold a conference call Tuesday to discuss the results, the company said.

Wall Street analysts expect the Van Buren logistics and trucking firm to report a decline in earnings compared with the same quarter last year. The carrier is expected to post a loss of 9 cents per share, according to a Zacks Consensus Estimate.

The trucking industry faced pandemic-fueled head winds for most of the quarter, including delays from shorter commutes and closures at drop-off points, but saw signs of improvement as businesses began to reopen in June, according to financial and research reports.

A conference call with analysts and USA Truck executives is scheduled for 8 a.m. Tuesday at (844) 824-3828. A live webcast will be available at investor.usa-truck.com under the “events and presentation” tab.

USA Truck shares rose 2 cents Friday to close at $8.80.

— Nathan Owens

12 stocks decline on Arkansas Index

The Arkansas Index, a price-weighted index that tracks the largest public companies based in the state, closed Friday at 421.53, down 6.71.

Twelve of the index stocks lost ground Friday, mirroring losses in the major indexes on concerns about rising tensions between the U.S. and China.

Shares of P.A.M. Transportation Services fell 6.8%.

The index was developed by Bloomberg News and the Democrat-Gazette with a base value of 100 as of Dec. 30, 1997