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Apple stores continue to outpace the rest of the retail industry in sales per customer.

The company took in record revenue per visitor of $57.60 during the first quarter, mobile analyst Horace Dediu said Monday in his Asymco blog. That's up from $51.75 per visitor in the first quarter of 2012.

At the same time, the number of visitors rose by 7 percent from the prior year's first quarter. And the average revenue per Apple store reached $13 million for the quarter, its highest number ever for a non-holiday quarter, Dediu noted.

Apple is among countless retailers striving to defend their East Coast stores against the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy.

The company has already closed some stores in New York and four other states, as well as in Washington, D.C., and is bracing for potential flooding and other damage, says blog site ifoAppleStore.

At least 35 Apple stores are within the hurricane's landfall zone as predicted by the National Weather Service, ifoAppleStore said, while another 15 are right outside the zone, including those in New York City and areas north of the city.

Apple spends a lot of money on its stores. But the Cupertino, Calif.-based company isn't run by chumps - prompting a probe into the terms of a deal Apple struck for prime space in New York City's Grand Central Terminal.

Apple's fifth New York City store will open on the upper balcony of the cavernous stone and steel terminal December  9. The 23,000 square foot store will be pulling into the Beaux-Arts style train station with a little baggage, however.

Following a report in The New York Post outlining some of the terms of Apple's deal with the city's Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Apple's new Grand Central store may not open this week but promises to arrive soon.

Grand Central Station commuters looking to score a holiday deal at Apple's imminent New York City store may have to wait a while.

Recent rumors had pegged the launch of the new Grand Central Terminal store for sometime this week as the holiday shopping season officially kicks into gear. But a construction worker reportedly confirmed to Mashable yesterday that Apple's latest store probably won't open for business until next month. "It won't be any

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