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Maine’s Taxable Retail Sales for Food Stores

January 2014

$119.6 Million

January 2013

$115.2 Million

Source: Maine Revenue Services

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News from June 13, 2013

June 14, 2013

Audit upcoming for Maine smart meters

The state's Public Utilities Commission says transparency is needed to see if the meters really do provide the benefits they promised.

June 14, 2013

Grocers allege U.S. farmers pumping up potato prices

A wholesale grocer says America's potato farmers are running an illegal price-fixing scheme akin to the petroleum-producing OPEC cartel.

June 13, 2013

Unpaid internships in jeopardy after court ruling

The days of working for free could be numbered after a federal judge ruled that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated labor laws by not paying interns.

June 13, 2013

Utilities commission votes to audit CMP smart meter program

The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to undertake an audit of Central Maine Power Co.’s smart meter program, to determine if the program is saving money and providing the benefits that were expected when the agency approved it in 2010.

June 13, 2013

Hospitality industry loses guest workers

 A federal halt in H-2B application processing leaves some employers in Maine shorthanded.

June 13, 2013

Lobster firm seeks processing space on Portland pier

Richmond-based Shucks Maine Lobster wants to lease nearly 19,000 square feet of space in the city-owned Portland Ocean Terminal on the Maine State Pier.