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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 October 24, 2013

October 24, 2013

Portland Jetport gets faster security screening

The program launched this month may reduce check-in times and hassles.

October 25, 2013

Oil and gas to maintain key roles in New England energy picture

An industry analyst tells a Portland audience that gasoline, diesel fuel and home heating oil will continue to be in high demand for decades.

October 24, 2013

Eight states vow 3.3M zero-emission vehicles by 2025

The states include Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont.

October 24, 2013

Major pension funds ask for climate change study

Leaders of 70 funds said they’re asking the world’s top oil, gas, coal and electric companies to do detailed assessments of how efforts to control climate change could impact their businesses.

October 25, 2013

New study finds Hannaford’s Guiding Stars are working

Shoppers are prompted to choose healthier items identified by the grocery store chain’s system.

October 24, 2013

Expedited screening begins at Portland Jetport

Passengers who are eligible include U.S. citizens who are members of frequent traveler programs or the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler program.

October 24, 2013

Maine small-business owners say shutdown hurt

The 16-day government closure affected local businesses in a variety of ways – and they fear it could happen again.

October 24, 2013

On the Move Several photos included in this story

New faces, awards and honors in the Maine business world.

October 24, 2013

Streak of record closes ends

The S&P surge halts as Caterpillar reports weak earnings and oil prices drop.

October 24, 2013

Startups may use crowdfunding next year, Congress says

The fundraising method often used by artists, filmmakers and charities can be risky for investors.

October 24, 2013

Bank of America found liable for mortgage fraud

The trial involved mortgages the government said were sold without regard to quality as the economy slid.

October 24, 2013

Hockey group with link to Pirates looks at Saco for arena

It’s just one option as the team looks for a permanent home while its stalemate with the Civic Center continues.

October 24, 2013

A Word With the Boss: Bessire directs Portland Museum of Art like a moviemaker

Membership and attendance have grown as he oversees the details and the big picture.

October 24, 2013

New proposal reflects diversifying East End in Portland Several photos included in this story

The plan for a four-story building with homes and businesses adds to other upscale projects going up on Munjoy Hill.

October 24, 2013

Widow seeks permission to continue lawsuit against Maine railroad

She is suing over her husband’s death in 2012, but the railroad is in bankruptcy proceeding.

October 24, 2013

StartUp Weekend combines entrepreneurs, ideas and adrenaline

The first Portland event in March spawned a handful of new businesses.

October 24, 2013

Let Mainers sign up for health insurance on our website, insurer says

That would help people avoid the troubled federal site, the company says, as it awaits a response from the U.S.