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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 December 26, 2013

December 26, 2013

Suit filed against real-estate magnates in Empire State Building IPO

An investor says stakeholders lost more than $400 million when the tower’s managing owners refused cash deals and did the public offering.

December 26, 2013

Boston’s Logan airport sets passenger record in 2013

Massport ‘s website indicates that domestic travel accounted for most of the passenger growth during the year.

December 26, 2013

Companies try to temper nasty online comments

Some sites employ moderators while others, including Popular Science, say enough is enough and ban comments altogether.

December 26, 2013

Amazon refunds shipping, offers gift cards after UPS misses Christmas deliveries

The delivery service cited overwhelming volume for its inability to get all packages to customers before the holiday.

December 26, 2013

Manufacturing slowly slogging out of depths of recession Several photos included in this story

The manufacturing sector is at best three-quarters of the was back to where it was, but smarter technology is leading to fewer rehires.

December 26, 2013

On the Move

December 26, 2013

Office snacks no idle threat to your career, experts warn

Blood sugar spikes and crashes can affect the ability to stay cheerful and even-keeled.

December 26, 2013

Will Mainers fly to co-op for health insurance?

That’s the question, as the fledgling nonprofit takes on a mountain of debt to be only the second provider in our marketplace.

December 26, 2013

Santa’s sleigh delayed after snags at UPS, FedEx

The package delivery companies blame weather and volume for slowdowns that left some homes short on gifts on Christmas.

December 26, 2013

Era ends as nation’s only primary lead smelter closes

The town has been smelting lead – and building up toxic waste – since the land was owned by Spain.