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Maine Retail Sales

Q4 – 2013

$4.53 Billion

Q4 – 2012

$4.45 Billion

Source: State of Maine

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News from August 2, 2013

August 2, 2013

Time Warner Cable drops CBS in some cities over fee dispute

Boston's WBZ and WSBK are among those that go dark. Many more customers also lose access to Showtime, TMC, FLIX and Smithsonian channels.

August 2, 2013

BIW gets $212 million contract modification

The change will allow BIW to do more of the work on a DDG-1000 destroyer.

August 3, 2013

BIW asks Bath for tax break to expand shipyard

Its tax increment financing proposal says a new outfitting hall would make Bath Iron Works more competitive.

August 2, 2013

Contract awarded for Portland Harbor dredging

A $9 million contract for dredging Portland Harbor has been awarded to a Massachusetts company.

August 3, 2013

Portland Co. complex – prime waterfront – is sold

The sale of the property at 58 Fore St. suggests the eastern waterfront is poised for development.

August 3, 2013

Consultants scout Sanford locations for an adventure theme park

The experts meet with residents, business owners and the governor as they focus on large parcels of land near the airport and the Wells town line.

August 2, 2013

Employers add 162,000 jobs in July

The modest increase was still enough to help lower the unemployment rate to 7.4 percent, a 4 1/2-year low.

August 2, 2013

Retailers argue rights to products by Stewart

A judge will decide whether Macy's deal with the home maven prevents J.C. Penney from also selling her goods.

August 2, 2013

Bank of America faces civil action



August 2, 2013

Profits for Big Oil slump even though new sources found

 Soaring extraction costs take a toll on earnings and eventually may add to the cost of gas and heating oil.

August 2, 2013

Court of appeals backs workers at Wisconsin meat processing plant



August 2, 2013

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August 2, 2013

July revs up Big Three with double-digit sales increases

 The industry as a whole may have had its best July in seven years as buyers loosen the purse strings.

August 2, 2013

Time Warner shares surge after profit tops estimates

But subscriber growth was slow in the quarter and more TV customers canceled than expected.

August 2, 2013

Expert in turnarounds nominated to lead IRS

John Koskinen If confirmed, he will take over as the agency deals with political charges and overseeing the health law.

August 2, 2013

Lewiston hospitals rank tops in survey

Consumer Reports grades hospitals' safety measures for surgeries.

August 2, 2013

Postmaster general wants to deliver alcohol

Patrick Donahoe Patrick Donahoe says shipping beer, wine and spirits has the potential to raise as much as $50 million a year.

August 6, 2013

First-time jobless-aid filings fall

Last week's number sank to the lowest level since 2008 as the labor market showed signs of strength.