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Portland food cart wins PETA honor

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Monday, October 22, 2012

A vegan BLT made by Portland's DC Vegetarian food cart was named No. 1 in the nation by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals.

 

ReVolt Technology to file bankruptcy

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Portland-based and taxpayer-backed battery technology company ReVolt Technology plans to file bankruptcy.

 

Halloween means big business for retailers

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Halloween has become one of the most important shopping events of the year, boosting everything from high-end department stores to thrift shops.

 

FedEx expects boost from online holiday shopping

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Monday, October 22, 2012

FedEx expects to ship 280 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas, up 13% from a year ago.

 

Apple begins work on Prineville data center

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Apple started work on the first, $68 million phase of its new Prineville data center.

 

Unemployment's toll on Portland's economy lessens

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Unemployment is taking less of a toll on Portland's economy, but it still weighs on growth in Central Oregon, the Rogue Valley and Salem.

 

Lattice Semiconductor cuts workforce by 13%

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Hillsboro-based Lattice Semiconductor plans to eliminate 109 jobs, 13% of its workforce.

 
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