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GE delays its headquarters decision until January

Boston is going to need to wait a little longer to learn whether GE is coming to town.

General Electric Co. officials had initially planned to make a decision about where their new headquarters would be by the end of the year.

But a spokesman on Friday confirmed that the company now expects to make its decision in January. Employees were informed in a memo this week that the selection would be delayed to ensure that corporate leaders have enough time to make the right choice.

People familiar with GE's search have placed Boston and New York on the short list of options, although the company hasn't publicly ruled out staying in Fairfield, Conn.

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CEO Jeffrey Immelt announced in June that he had assembled a team to explore the potential for relocating.

Jon Chesto

Globe Staff


Shirley Leung of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Jon Chesto can be reached at jon.chesto@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jonchesto.