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(Updated 11:38 a.m.) Rhode Island’s total state and local government expenditures exceeded all New England states except Vermont when measured on a personal income basis, but were fourth highest when measured on a per capita basis, according to the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council. more
Online shoppers outnumbered their brick-and- mortar counterparts during U.S. retailers’ pivotal Black Friday weekend, underscoring the challenges facing American malls this holiday season as Amazon.com Inc. exerts more pressure. more
Walt Disney Co. has what could be its most formidable heroine ever in Rey, a main character in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” She could be a merchandising juggernaut too. more
The Providence Performing Arts Center and The Vets will participate in Cyber Monday on Nov. 30, and will waive all ticketing fees. more
A mass transit forum, “Next Stop: Making Mass Transit Work for Rhode Island,” is planned for Dec. 1 at the Rhode Island Convention Center featuring Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed. more
The president of the University of Massachusetts system is moving to remove Divina Grossman, chancellor of UMass Dartmouth. more
Towerstream Corp., a provider of wireless communication services, received a letter earlier this week indicating that it could be delisted from the Nasdaq stock market if its stock price fails to improve, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. more
A few Rhode Island retailers reported strong turnout this Black Friday, though whether the state will keep up with national projections of a 3.7 percent increase in end-of-year holiday sales remains to be seen. more
Mayor Jorge O. Elorza said free two-hour holiday parking for shoppers is returning starting on “Small Business Saturday” on Nov. 28 and running through Jan. 1 in select commercial districts. more
U.S. e-commerce sales surged on Thanksgiving, raising questions about how many shoppers will show up for brick-and-mortar retailers’ promotions on Black Friday, the traditional kickoff to the holiday season. more
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