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Maine’s Taxable Retail Sales for Food Stores

January 2014

$119.6 Million

January 2013

$115.2 Million

Source: Maine Revenue Services

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News from August 15, 2013

August 15, 2013

Cayman Islands agrees to help U.S. catch tax evaders

A law likely to take effect in 2014 targets non-tax compliance by Americans with foreign accounts.

August 16, 2013

'Downton Abbey' exploited – in best taste

 With the fourth season of the British TV juggernaut comes a wide range of quirky merchandise.

August 16, 2013

Portland 'best place' in world for circus college, founder says Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The Circus Conservatory of America hopes to convert a building on Thompson's Point into a school for up to 120 students.

August 15, 2013

Fewest Americans since 2007 seek jobless benefits

Companies are laying off fewer workers, a trend that has lowered applications for unemployment benefits 14 percent this year. But hiring is still sluggish, resulting in only modest net job growth.

August 15, 2013

Eurozone slips out of its longest recession

The second quarter's growth, however anemic, is the first seen since early 2011. It's greeted with wary relief.

August 15, 2013

Airlines confident in merger lawsuit

 The Justice Department filed suit Tuesday to block a merger of US Airways and American.

August 15, 2013


August 15, 2013

On the Move

August 15, 2013

Ex-JPMorgan employees charged with fraud

August 15, 2013

Maine's first Market Basket to open Sunday in Biddeford

August 15, 2013

Foreclosure statistics keep falling in the U.S.

As home foreclosures decline, repossessions may hit a six-year low for 2013.

August 15, 2013

Thompson's Point eyed for circus conservatory

 The Circus Conservatory of America, a degree-granting college, would be the first new tenant for the $100 million Portland development since the project was rolled out in 2011.

August 22, 2013

School shopping offers a lesson on the economy

20130813_B2_School Back-to-school buying has started slowly, and may provide clues about the coming months.

August 28, 2013

A Word with the Boss: Numbers man is trying to make health costs add up

 MaineHealth CEO Bill Caron hopes to keep the baby boomer 'tsunami' from breaking the bank.