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 November 29, 2013

November 29, 2013

At $4,000 per bottle, new Kentucky whiskey tops the top shelf

Whiskey fans including celebrities and corporate chiefs are angling to snatch up limited stocks of Michter's Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey.

November 30, 2013

Mainers picket Walmart over working conditions

They join supporters of workers’ rights around the country to show their solidarity with employees.

November 29, 2013

Computer privacy services booming in wake of NSA surveillance fears

But the new geek wars may leave people’s PCs and businesses’ systems no better protected from savvy code crackers.

November 30, 2013

Maine shoppers flood local stores on Black Friday Several photos included in this story Video clip included

And the deals will keep coming on Small Business Saturday.

November 29, 2013

They know when you’ve been shopping ...

... And when you’re awake, bargain hunting, etc., as stores find new ways to track consumers both online and offline.

November 29, 2013

Mobile devices getting bigger slice of sales pie

Big retailers are taking advantage of the trend as such purchases jump by 40% from a year ago.

November 29, 2013

Pope Francis wants closer look at Vatican finance reform

Monsignor Alfred Xuereb will act as a delegate between the pope and two investigative commissions.

November 29, 2013

Japan’s stocks surge ahead

The Japanese market helps shore up stocks worldwide.

November 29, 2013

City leaders to trustees: Renew talks with Pirates

After years of difficult negotiations, officials worry the civic center board is ready to move on, even though losing the team hurts businesses.

November 29, 2013

FCC wants your cellphone ‘unlocked’

Carriers set up phones so they only work on their system, but that makes it difficult for consumers to switch service.

November 29, 2013

New Hampshire home sales up over last year

November 29, 2013


November 29, 2013

Mohegan Sun, Suffolk Downs clinch deal

They plan to develop and operate a resort casino on part of the Massachusetts racetrack property.

November 29, 2013

Buyers of old Maine theater new at this Several photos included in this story

The Dexters will keep the things that are already popular at the Strand Cinema in Skowhegan – low prices and first-run films.

November 29, 2013

Black Friday blues: Retailers ramp up the competition

With a narrower-than-usual holiday shopping window, several major chains have lowered expectations on profits.