Maine by the numbers

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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 December 8, 2013

December 9, 2013

Little dinosaur planter evolves into big job for its Portland creator

A Portland artisan busily fills orders for her gilded reptiles after magazines discover them.

December 8, 2013

Gay partner benefits growing at Fortune 500 firms

Six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, signs of corporate support for gay and transgender rights are reaching workers, according to report.

December 8, 2013

Senators: Put cameras on train tracks, engineers

Lawmakers are urging the Federal Railroad Administration to require installation of audio and video recording cameras in locomotives and cabs.

December 8, 2013

Trading at the speed of light

The race is on for Wall Street firms to transmit data as quickly as possible.

December 8, 2013

For movie studios, weekend grows to four days

December 8, 2013

On the Move

December 8, 2013


December 8, 2013

Maine native awaits news on Super Bowl ad

Winslow High School graduate Lucie Amundsen’s Locally Laid egg business is a finalist in the competition for air time during the big game.

December 8, 2013

Pop-ups purvey crafts, ‘Skowhegiana’

A jail-turned-gristmill in Skowhegan is home to retailers who rent space for as little as a single day.

December 8, 2013

Upcoming IPOs

Initial public offerings this week

December 8, 2013

Charles Lawton: To transform its economy, Maine needs to think big

We must find ways to encourage businesses already here to grow.

December 8, 2013

Loss of shrimp season hits the pocketbook hardest Several photos included in this story

The Gulf of Maine has been closed to shrimping for 2014 after last year’s low harvest.