Maine by the numbers

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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 28, 2013

August 29, 2013

Maine's sales-tax burden is fairly low

An analysis of combined statewide and local sales charges finds the state's 5% rate is third-lowest.

August 28, 2013

Unemployment rates fall in two-thirds of U.S. cities

Thirty-four cities had unemployment rates below 5 percent, nearly double the 18 in July 2012.

August 29, 2013

University of New England dental school opens its doors

The College of Dental Medicine in Portland has 64 students in its inaugural class, and plans to treat thousands of patients each year.

August 28, 2013

First U.S.-made smartphone just as cheap to produce

Despite higher U.S. labor costs compared with Asia, a research firm says the Moto X is about 5 percent cheaper to make than Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 phone.

August 28, 2013

Top Maine consumer complaints: car sales, lottery scams

The Maine Office of the Attorney General handles and mediates complaints and released its top 10 list today.

August 28, 2013

Vermont nuclear plant will close, but waste will remain

A long-debated federal proposal to entomb the high-level waste at a Yucca Mountain facility in Nevada has gone nowhere.

August 28, 2013

Civic Center OKs lease with Pirates

But the managing owner of the team hasn't told the board whether he will agree to sign the agreement.

August 28, 2013

Sprague buying Gowen Marine

The purchase will allow the owner of Portland Yacht Services to begin servicing larger vessels.

August 28, 2013

Penney's largest investor quits, taking huge loss

August 28, 2013

Nissan plans to build self-driving cars

August 28, 2013

'A burger with fries' redefined

 Burger King's novel new offering puts the fries inside the bun.

August 28, 2013

New rules to promote hiring of vets, disabled

Government contractors will be given recruitment targets and must show they tried to meet them.

August 28, 2013

Super-efficient assembly plant energizes Mazda

 The company says innovations allow its Japan facility to roll out a vehicle every 54 seconds.

August 28, 2013


August 28, 2013

Walgreen sued again over pricing practices

Missouri accuses the large pharmacy company of deceiving and overcharging customers, and seeks fines.

August 28, 2013

Public confidence in economy grows

The Conference Board index rose in August and is nearing the highest level since January of 2008.

August 28, 2013

Microsoft reassures senior managers

The company tells workers it will stay the course on the exiting CEO's overhaul plan, several sources say.

August 28, 2013

Cumberland Ave. housing project wins approval

The Portland Planning Board acts over neighbors' objections to the development's limited parking.