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Mary Ellen Marsden shops at The Concord Shop. Sales for Massachusetts... News PhotoFinance,Horizontal,Store,USAPhotographer Collection: Boston Globe 2013 - The Boston GlobeCONCORD, MA - JANUARY 9: Mary Ellen Marsden shops at The Concord Shop. Sales for Massachusetts retailers came in slightly below projections, according to the Retailers Association of Massachusetts. The modest uptick of 2.76 in sales fell short of the association's 3.5 percent forecast. Retailers blame the fiscal cliff and fierce competition from online merchants for the gap. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)