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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 31, 2013

November 1, 2013


October 31, 2013

L.L. Bean to give Red Sox players commemorative boots

The new world champions are getting a special gift from one of Maine’s best-known companies.

October 31, 2013

FAA eases rules on electronic devices on airplanes

People will soon be able to read, work, watch movies and listen to music from gate to gate, but they still can’t talk on cellphones in flight.

October 31, 2013

U.S. stocks edge lower on mixed earnings

Wall Street’s big October gains tempered by the month’s slow finish.

October 31, 2013

Group identifies 50 Maine road, bridge priorities

A report from a D.C.-based nonprofit identifies the challenges posed by River Road in Westbrook, Route 302 in Bridgton, Pine Point Crossing Bridge in Scarborough and others.

October 31, 2013

Maine business group advocates for college readiness

Educate Maine releases a report gauging students on a variety of factors affecting education.

October 31, 2013

LePage continues trade mission in Colombia

The Governor arrived in Bogota Wednesday after a visit to Mexico City.

October 31, 2013

Neighbors fired up about odors sue Sriracha factory

The Southern California city of Irwindale requests to cease operations at the Huy Fong Foods factory until the company can reduce the pungent smell of pepper and garlic fumes emanating from the plant.

October 31, 2013

Maine ranks No. 3 nationally for value of seafood catch

The report says Stonington was the No. 1 Maine port for the value of the seafood landed there, at $46 million. Virtually all of Stonington’s catch is lobsters.

October 31, 2013


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October 31, 2013

Growth on mobile devices drives up Facebook revenue

October 31, 2013

Suit says Twitter inflated shares

October 31, 2013

Apple iPads face tough holiday season

The tablet is losing market share to cheaper alternatives.

October 31, 2013

NSA spying backlash threatens billions in European trade

Leaders call for the suspension of the ‘Safe Harbor’ business agreement.

October 31, 2013

3D printing providing edge to Maine businesses Several photos included in this story

A conference Friday in Portland will showcase advances in digital fabrication.

October 31, 2013

Store-celebrity partnerships run risks

Usually its the businesses that get burned by a star’s bad behavior, but in the latest case, rap artist Jay-Z takes heat over his partner Barneys.