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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 July 29, 2013

July 29, 2013

Saks Fifth Avenue company sold for $2.4 billion

A Canadian company will buy the highbrow brand, which has struggled to keep up with competition even though sales of luxury items has increased.

July 29, 2013

Top trade official to visit Norridgewock footwear company

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will visit the Norridgewock New Balance manufacturing facility on Monday.

July 29, 2013

US Army Corps extends commenting period for new permitting system

The proposed New England General Permits would replace a state-by-state permitting system to authorize activities in the inland waters and off the coasts of New England.

July 29, 2013

Obama administration delays oil train safety rules

The commonly-used tanker cars – several of which exploded earlier this month in Lac-Megantic – have come under heavy scrutiny by safety experts, but new rules that would require safety fixes have been delayed by nearly a year.

July 29, 2013

Merger pending for global ad giants

The result would be the world's largest advertising firm – with repercussions for the entire industry.