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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 July 30, 2013

July 30, 2013

California man picked to lead Maine organic farmers' group

Ted Quaday will replace the late Russell Libby, who led the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association for 17 years.

July 30, 2013

Shaw's to close six N.H. supermarkets

The supermarkets' owner says the individual stores aren't profitable, but the closures don't reflect the overall health of the chain.

July 30, 2013

Obama challenges GOP to accept corporate tax deal Video clip included

The president calls for lowering the corporate tax code from 35 to 28 percent – and even lower for manufacturers – combined with investments in infrastructure, manufacturing and research to aid the middle class.

July 30, 2013

U.S. home prices rise 12%, best in six years

Steady price increases, along with stable job gains and historically low mortgage rates, have in turn encouraged more Americans to buy homes.

July 30, 2013

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July 30, 2013

Cost of diapers pinching moms

 An inability to afford diapers is affecting a 'substantial' number of low-income mothers, a study finds.

July 30, 2013

Amazon.com hiring for 7,000 jobs

The big online retailer will add 5,000 jobs at its distribution centers and 2,000 in customer service.

July 30, 2013

Factory defines success by attention to detail

The Norridgewock New Balance factory focuses on small issues to help solve larger problems.

July 30, 2013

Trade envoy faces tough crowd at New Balance factory

 Michael Froman gets grilled by workers at the shoe maker's plant in Norridgewock.

July 30, 2013

Bernanke can face questions in lawsuit

A federal judge rules that the Fed chairman can be questioned in the suit filed by the former AIG head.

July 30, 2013

Buffett auction offers sweet deal

Billionaire Warren Buffett is auctioning off an all-you-can-eat tour of the See's Candy factory.