Maine by the numbers

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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 November 12, 2013

November 13, 2013

Portland-to-Nova Scotia ferry deal is finalized

After a five-year hiatus, it appears the ferry service will resume in May, although time is short for preparations.

November 13, 2013

Views differ on airline merger’s impact on Maine

The director of the Portland Jetport sees the merger of American Airlines and US Air as positive, but Rep. Michaud cautions, ‘The devil is always in the details.’

November 12, 2013

Holy grail for researchers: No computer passwords Video clip included

Scientists at Purdue University say logging in with a simple scan of a user’s iris or fingerprint will soon become more common.

November 12, 2013

Tom’s of Maine to name winners of $150K in grants

The public cast more than 58,000 votes online in selecting the winners from 51 finalists, one from each state and the District of Columbia.

November 12, 2013

Banded Horn Brewing brings hope, hops to Biddeford

The city embraces its first craft brewery – in a former mill building.

November 12, 2013

Major economies need a helping hand

Analysts say a stimulus will be needed into 2014 or longer.

November 12, 2013

Surveillance, tax fraud issues snarl U.S.-EU talks

Negotiators work to get through a rough patch on a deal that could grow the world’s biggest business relationship.

November 12, 2013


November 12, 2013

More stores will open on Thanksgiving

Target and Toys R Us join other retailers getting a jump on Black Friday by opening on the holiday.

November 12, 2013

Dow Jones rises to another all-time high

Stocks edge higher from Friday, when they rose after a strong U.S. jobs report.

November 12, 2013


November 14, 2013 to offer Sunday delivery

The online retailer teams up with the United States Postal Service.