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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 May 6, 2013

May 7, 2013

U.S. Senate passes bill letting states tax online sales

The bill would empower states to require businesses with more than $1 million in out-of-state sales to collect taxes, which could end much tax-free shopping on the Internet.

May 6, 2013

Largest cruise ship ever to visit Portland expected in 2015 Several photos included in this story

The Quantum of the Seas is about 10 feet longer than the Queen Mary and carries 4,180 passengers.

May 6, 2013

Cruise ship season kicks off in Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor has booked 135 ships for the season, which would break the current record of 108 ships, set last year.

May 6, 2013

Coming soon: Delizioso Italian cured meats

20130502_Italian The U.S. Department of Agriculture will relax a ban on the importation of Italian cold cuts and other pork products beginning May 28.