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 October 15, 2013

October 15, 2013

Warren Buffett backs business kits for children

Two such kits are tied to a cartoon that features advice from an animated version of the billionaire.

October 15, 2013

Maine ranked No. 29 in business tax climate index

The Tax Foundation says that Maine ranks near the bottom for corporate taxes, but is in the top 10 states for sales tax rates.

October 15, 2013

New York City fights Airbnb rentals

City officials say that the short-term room rentals undercuts hotels, avoids taxes and threatens safety.

October 15, 2013

On the Move

New hires, awards and promotions

October 15, 2013


Datebook for Oct. 15

October 15, 2013


October 15, 2013

Microsoft’s phone update to feature a driving mode

Devices with this update will start appearing in the coming weeks.

October 15, 2013

Cell phone wars being waged

HTC offers larger version of popular model with fingerprint sensor

October 15, 2013

US stocks down as investors wait on debt news

The stock market was whipsawed Tuesday as the on-again, off-again talk of a debt deal in Washington made investors wonder just how pessimistic they should be.

October 15, 2013

Maine’s breweries simmer during shutdown

Local beer businesses are waiting for federal approvals to move ahead with their plans.

October 15, 2013

Two Brunswick inns, too much confusion

A federal lawsuit between two local hotels heads to trial.