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 November 16, 2013

November 16, 2013

France’s Pleyel piano maker plays final note after 206 years

Competition from digital pianos mostly made in China is forcing the historic instrument maker to shut its doors.

November 16, 2013

SFC transit agency calls for renewed union talks

BART officials said a family medical leave provision giving its 2,300 union workers up to six weeks of paid time off each year would be too expensive.

November 16, 2013

Signs of oversupply help hold down the price of oil

Strong U.S. production contributes to the barrel cost remaining steady.

November 16, 2013


November 16, 2013

Carmaker, Tennessee leaders at odds over union

Volkswagen says its Chattanoooga plant lacks representation, but Republican officials decry the spread of organized labor.

November 16, 2013

The Silicon Valley Effect: Tapping into tech trends

Some of the biggest retailers open test laboratories in a bid to stay on top of shoppers’ rapidly changing needs.

November 16, 2013

Consoles in pursuit of players … game on

The new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will attract hardcore gamers, but face a growing array of rivals.

November 17, 2013

Postal Service reports $5 billion loss

Postal officials want to reduce payments for retiree health benefits.