Maine by the numbers

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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 October 30, 2013

October 30, 2013

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October 30, 2013

A Word With the Boss: CEO protects pet health with affordable drugs

Jean Hoffman saw a need to be filled and founded Putney to make generic meds dispensed by veterinarians

October 30, 2013

Bow Street Market, GrandyOats win honors

The awards are given at the Maine Food Means Business summit.

October 31, 2013

Renovated historic Portland hotel to reopen Dec. 12

The former Eastland, now a Westin, will have a ‘soft’ restart Dec. 12 after two years and $50 million of refurbishing work.

October 30, 2013

Fed leaves low interest-rate policy unchanged

Yet the Federal Reserve seems to signal that it thinks the economy is improving despite some recent weak data and uncertainties caused by the partial government shutdown.

October 31, 2013

Coast Guard confirms Google involvement in mystery barge

Later, the agency says it can neither confirm nor deny the connection and says it has signed a non-disclosure agreement.

October 30, 2013

Social Security benefits to show smallest increase since 1975

The automatic cost-of-living adjustment – about $19 monthly – is based on consumer prices.

October 30, 2013

Smartwatches abound. But who really wants one?

Consumer electronics companies are trying to create buzz about new gadget in time for holiday shopping season.

October 30, 2013

WEX exceeds forecast for quarterly earnings

Income rises 20 percent, but the Maine credit-card processor also lowers its full-year outlook, citing lower fuel prices.

October 30, 2013

LinkedIn posts stronger results than expected

But the Internet company’s outlook is below expectations, hurting share prices.

October 30, 2013

Walmart turns employee promotions into events

The company aims to counter criticism that it treats workers unfairly.

October 30, 2013

Dow hits new high, S&P heads for its best month of 2013

IBM’s stock repurchase and predictions that the Fed won’t alter its bond buys buoy the markets.

October 30, 2013

U.S. officials, JPMorgan Chase hit snag in $13 billion settlement talks

The bank seeks money from a receivership and to avoid most criminal charges as part of the mortgage securities deal.

October 30, 2013

Briefcase

Retail sales up / Home prices jump / Sears may cut Lands’ End