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News from November 13, 2013

November 14, 2013

Maine won’t reach pre-recession job levels until 2018, economist says

A prolonged period of weak employment growth in Maine – as well as the aging population – is hurting the state.

November 13, 2013

Dow, S&P ride retail to record highs

Macy’s leads other stores higher with a 9 percent surge after reporting a quarterly profit that blew past Wall Street expectations.ds

November 13, 2013

Slow New England job growth seen lagging U.S. gains

Employment growth of 2 percent in the six states will be below the national average.

November 13, 2013

Maine economist: Job growth to remain sluggish

The leading job sectors will be in professional and business services and leisure and hospitality, according to the outlook.

November 13, 2013

Macy’s quarterly profits worth some jollity

The company cites new advertising and promotions and heads into the make-or-break holiday season with optimism.

November 13, 2013

Portland hires waterfront coordinator

Bill Needelman, who has been a city planner for nearly 15 years, will begin his new role Dec. 16.

November 13, 2013

LEDs overtaking traditional holiday lights

Major price declines give the energy-saving bulbs a bigger share of the market as incandescents fade out.

November 13, 2013

Mock meat tasting more like the real thing

Advances in processing come as studies warn real meat may not be a sustainable source of protein.

November 13, 2013


November 13, 2013

Stocks pull back on earnings, oil price drop

One investor says “the market looks tired ... A little bit of a pause is actually healthy.”

November 13, 2013

Defense Secretary Hagel to tour Bath Iron Works

The Pentagon chief will get a look at several Navy destroyers being built at the Maine shipyard.