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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 26, 2013

November 26, 2013

In Maine, Thanksgiving traditions exclude most shopping

Massachusetts and Rhode Island are the other New England states where large stores must close for the holiday.

November 26, 2013

Poll: Anxiety over job security grips low-income workers

About one-third of American workers – a record high number – worry ‘a lot’ about losing their jobs.

November 26, 2013

Men’s Wearhouse now in pursuit of Jos. A. Bank

Less than two weeks ago, Jos. A. Bank dropped a $2.3 billion bid for its competitor, which is now offering $1.54 billion to buy its rival.

November 26, 2013

U.S. permits to build apartments rise to five-year high

Lingering unemployment and stagnant incomes have increased demand for rentals, which are at their lowest vacancy rates since early 2001.

November 26, 2013

Members of state’s new lobster board named

The group will work to brand and promote the Maine delicacy in an effort to grow demand and profits.

November 26, 2013

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November 26, 2013

Signed contracts to buy homes slide for fifth straight month

The decline in October is blamed on several factors, including the partial government shutdown.

November 26, 2013

FDA lifts restrictions on diabetes drug Avandia

The GlaxoSmithKline drug does not increase heart attack risk, new data finds.

November 26, 2013

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November 26, 2013

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