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 December 28, 2013

December 28, 2013

Health law to put calorie info on vending machines

The rules will apply to about 10,800 companies that operate 20 or more machines.

December 28, 2013

Crude oil prices top $100 a barrel as economy signals rise in demand

The last time oil traded above $100 was Oct. 21, and the last day it closed above that level was Oct. 18.

December 28, 2013

Markets treat Friday like vacation day

The Dow and S&P end flat on a day when volume is 40 percent below the recent average.

December 28, 2013


December 28, 2013

As extended benefits for jobless end, fear sets in for Mainers

A local unemployment specialist and the state’s Congress members worry about the midwinter impact on 3,200 residents.

December 28, 2013

Box office defies gravity

With revenue just under $11 billion, the domestic movie biz is poised for its best year ever – though the number of tickets sold still hovers far below 2002’s record.

December 28, 2013

For filmmakers, tax incentives nail the scene

These days, Hollywood hardly has a lock on movie locations as competition goes global.