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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 21, 2013

August 21, 2013

Iraq veterans find new freedom in opening craft beer brewery

Young Veterans Brewing Co. in Virginia provides the right fit for two friends who faced challenges returning home after combat.

August 22, 2013

Sales of Maine homes skyrocket in July

As increasing mortgage interest rates help propel more buyers into the market, the median sale price also rises.

August 21, 2013

Idexx buys Brazilian company as it seeks new markets

Terms of the deal are not disclosed as Idexx buys the distributor of its dairy and bovine testing products.

August 21, 2013

U.S. home sales hit 5.39M in July, highest since '09

Home sales jumped idespite higher mortgage rates, which have risen a full percentage point since early May.

August 21, 2013

Facebook aims to get billions more people online

Mark Zuckerberg says the Web is an essential part of modern life, and a new partnership hopes to help at least two-thirds of the 5 billion people who are not connected.

August 21, 2013

Health insurance premiums rise, but slightly dramatically

The 2013 increases are lower than in many other years and good news for the Affordable Care Act.

August 21, 2013

Al-Jazeera America on the air

 With a wealthy parent in Qatar, the cable news channel may be viewed as anti-American by some.

August 21, 2013


August 21, 2013

Fifth straight day of losses for Dow

The recent slide reflects a shift in investor strategy that began in bonds and spilled into stocks.

August 21, 2013

Aroostook County sawmill would create 60 jobs

J. D. Irving Ltd. plans to build the softwood mill in Aroostook County, at a cost of $30 million.

August 21, 2013

Kodak to focus on commercial imaging

 A judge approves the restructured company's plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection.

August 21, 2013

Google names Scarborough an eCity

The town is the first Maine community recognized for its use of websites, blogs and social networks.

August 21, 2013

Irving emerges as one suitor for Maine railway

Calling the Maine-based line 'vital to our operations,' the Canadian company keeps its eyes on MM&A's bankruptcy.