NEW YORK (CNN) -- CNN Money's Maribel Aber has your top business and financial news on this Thursday, November 21.
Realtors: October home sales in Arkansas up 13.8 percent
The Arkansas Realtors said Wednesday that October home sales rose 13.8 percent in the 43-county area the association surveys. The report said 2,214 homes were sold in October, up from 1,945 in October last year. The biggest number of home sales took place in Pulaski County, but Craighead County saw the biggest percentage increase in sales, up 65 percent. The report also said the average price of homes sold decreased 2.3 percent to $153,292 in October from $156,908 in the same month last year. Statewide valuations increased 11.2 percent from last year.
Abercrombie & Fitch to offer plus-sizes
Abercrombie & Fitch, the controversial retailer that's known for featuring scantily clad teen models in its advertising, is making a big marketing shift. The company said earlier this month it will offer larger plus sizes for some of its women's clothes online in 2014. The company has been slammed by many consumers and youth advocacy groups ever since CEO Mike Jeffries said in a 2006 interview that its clothes were more for "cool" and "good-looking" people. Several customers applauded the retailer's move to be more inclusive.
Sold! Elvis Presley Inc. has a new owner
Elvis Presley may have left the building 36 years ago, but the King of Rock and Roll is still a very hot property. Authentic Brands Group announced Tuesday that it has purchased the intellectual property associated with the rock-and-roll icon from Core Media Group. Authentic Brands, which already controls the Marilyn Monroe and Juicy Couture brands, will own and manage global rights to a vast library of thousands of Elvis photos, album covers, movie posters, archive video footage and events like "Elvis Week."
3 ways to change toxic tendencies at work
Sludge is the workplace chatter that reinforces the idea that people can't be trusted with autonomy. We identified sludge as one of the most powerful and persistent barriers to a productive, creative, and fulfilling workplace when we were developing the Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE). Sludge can be mean-spirited gossip or even friendly banter. We sludge (it's a noun and a verb) for many reasons, but it's ultimately meant to either directly or indirectly shame a coworker for not approaching work the way it's "supposed" to be approached.