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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 8, 2013

July 8, 2013

Moody’s: Maine’s cut in local gov’t revenue-sharing a 'negative'

The amount of money the state will distribute to municipalities over the next two fiscal years is expected to drop significantly.

July 8, 2013

Twinkies to last longer this time around

Hostess Brands LLC says the spongy yellow cakes will have a shelf life of 45 days when they start hitting shelves again July 15.

July 8, 2013

Farmers worry about fate of immigration bills

From Christmas tree growers to dairy farmers and fruit and vegetable producers, agricultural leaders are pleading with Congress for an immigration bill that includes more lenient and less complex rules for hiring farm workers.

July 8, 2013

Maine parents urging LePage to sign anti-BPA bill

The bill would require companies with $1 billion or more in gross annual sales to report to the state if they use chemicals like BPA in food packaging.