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L.L. Bean Layoffs 

L.L. Bean has announced that it plans to lay off between 200 and 240 members of its Maine-based work force because of lagging sales.In a company letter to its 5,400 full- and part-time workers said voluntary retirement incentives announced in February have helped reduce the number of layoffs, but were not sufficient to eliminate the need for job cuts.The letter, from President and CEO Chris McCormick, said the hope for a significant turnaround in sales that could restore L.L. Bean’s revenue to pre-recession levels “is just not realistic.”In addition to the layoffs in Maine, the company anticipates about a dozen job cuts at its out-of-state retail and outlet stores.