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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 August 29, 2013

September 12, 2013

Anthem's Maine network plan draws scores of critics

At a central Maine hearing, state officials are told the insurance setup with Maine Med will cause financial and physical hardship.

August 30, 2013

Gay marriage to be treated equally by IRS

The historic announcement includes legally married gay couples who live in states that have banned same-sex marriage.

August 30, 2013

Tylenol maker tries new warning cap to curb overdoses

The unusual step comes amid growing concern about the overuse of acetaminophen, a pain-relieving ingredient that's the nation's leading cause of sudden liver failure.

August 29, 2013

Maine tidal power company gets nearly $5 million in grants

Ocean Renewable Power wins two Department of Energy grants that will help it develop its technology and add jobs.

August 29, 2013

U.S. economy grew at surprising 2.5% rate in spring

Economists expect growth to stay at that rate in the second half of the year, helped by steady job gains and less drag from federal spending cuts.

August 29, 2013

NFL to pay $765 million to settle brain-injury lawsuits Several photos included in this story

All former players are eligible to seek care, screening or compensation from a pot of $765 million.

August 29, 2013

Pratt & Whitney nears $1B contract for F-35 engines

The tentative jet contract calls for the North Berwick plant to make 38 units at a lower cost than its last order.

August 29, 2013

In 60 cities, fast-food workers picket for raises Several photos included in this story

Restaurant owners say they would have to raise prices and reduce jobs to pay people $15 an hour.

August 29, 2013

On the Move

August 29, 2013

Flurry of pressures slows markets

Investors shy away as the economy grapples with Syria, rising oil prices, and stimulus indecision.

August 29, 2013

Mortgage plan seeks to prevent meltdown

Lenders would have to retain some credit risk on non-standard home loans.

August 29, 2013

The high cost of college prep

SAT prep In the face of fierce competition for college acceptance, students turn to courses and tutors.

August 29, 2013

CashStar appoints new top manager

The Portland company names Ben Kaplan its chief operating officer.

August 29, 2013

Maine bond backers: Colleges need upgrade funds

Training on old technology and equipment doesn't do the job, they say before legislators vote on the plan.

August 29, 2013

A Word With the Boss: CEO builds business that helps vets treat pets

August 29, 2013

Slow going for fast-food workers

 Workers at McDonald's and other chains plan to strike nationwide on Thursday to demand higher wages.

August 29, 2013

Trump University students speak out

Bob Guillo, Donald Trump In the wake of a lawsuit against the mogul, former students say they paid thousands but gained little.

August 29, 2013

Latest tech trend? Tablets for toddlers

LeapFrog, VTech and others hope to appeal to parents who want to make the Internet safer for kids.

August 29, 2013

CEOs get rich despite poor performance, report says

August 29, 2013

Tomato-bash entry fees lead town out of the red