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News from October 1, 2013

October 1, 2013


Factory activity expands, home prices climb, layoffs at Merck and seasonal hiring at Amazon

October 1, 2013

Government shutdown locks up numbers

Data from weekly economic reports can’t be researched.

October 1, 2013

Vatican publishes its first-ever annual bank report

As prosecutors investigate alleged money laundering, the Vatican takes steps to be more financially transparent.

October 1, 2013

Wall Street seems unfazed by government shutdown

The Dow rose 62 points Tuesday, as investors don’t appear to be worried about the stalemate.

October 1, 2013

U.S. auto industry looks for rebound after a rare September slump

The U.S. auto industry sees a 27-month streak of gains end, but most expect sales to recover in this quarter.

October 1, 2013

U.S. manufacturing expands at faster pace than forecast

Demand for motor vehicles and housing-related goods is bolstering orders at factories.

October 1, 2013

Financial markets rise even as government shutdown starts

For now, it appears that investors aren’t anticipating that the stalemate in Washington will cause enough disruption to threaten a gradual U.S. recovery.

October 1, 2013

Maine restaurant owners say they’ll absorb increase

Some proprietors say they'd rather lower prices than alienate loyal customers.

October 1, 2013

Taxes going up in Maine Tuesday

Sales, meals and lodging taxes go up, while newspapers and periodicals are taxed for the first time, to keep the state budget in balance.