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Optical Cable Corp. (OCC) announced its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2014, reporting a net loss that widened from the year-ago quarter. The manufacturer of fiber optic and copper data communication solutions posted a net loss of $412K and $0.07 per share, down from the loss of $130K and $0.02 per share in the year-ago quarter. Sales during the quarter fell slightly from $17.3M to $16.5M, with the company’s specialty markets business segment weighing down progress made by the commercial markets segment. Domestic sales in the United States rose 5.7% while international sales fell 24.2%. President and CEO Neil Wilkin commented that the company’s increased backlog will have a positive impact on its second quarter results and that overall economic conditions, project timing, and seasonal demand negatively impacted the company’s results.