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Single-Family Housing Permits Authorized in Maine

February 2014

141

February 2013

129

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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News from August 1, 2013

August 1, 2013

Walmart scraps planned expansion that closed Falmouth cinema

An attorney blames high construction costs, while a former town councilor expresses frustration that the town lost its only movie theater.

August 1, 2013

LePage to send lobster baskets to nation's governors

During an appearance at the Maine Lobster Festival, the governor also touts a new law that will pump more money into marketing Maine lobster.

August 1, 2013

Report: Maine workers among least productive in U.S.

But rather than blaming the workers themselves, the report says it is employers who are not taking full advantage of workers’ abilities.

August 1, 2013

Good economic news lifts stocks to record highs

The Standard & Poor's 500, the Dow Jones industrial average and the Russell 2000 index set all-time highs.

August 1, 2013

WEX Inc. reports rise in earnings



August 1, 2013

Obama defends possible Fed pick

Lawrence Summers, the front-runner, is stirring controversy for Obama even among Democrats.

August 1, 2013

Fed hints it might keep buying bonds



August 1, 2013

On the Move



August 1, 2013

Economic growth picking up steam

Second-quarter GDP was 1.7%, better than the first quarter, and the expansion is expected to accelerate.

August 1, 2013

USM professor helped argue for big change in calculation of GDP



August 1, 2013

Briefcase



August 1, 2013

Maine loan climate looking brighter Several photos included in this story

Banks and borrowers are gaining confidence as economic conditions improve, observers say.

August 6, 2013

Judge rules debit-card fee cap too high



August 28, 2013

A Word With the Boss: Summers on a skiff led to very big things