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 September 18, 2013

September 18, 2013

SEC plans to roll out rules for pay disclosure



September 18, 2013

Down East magazine draws criticism for altering photo

But the publication says it's common in the industry to enhance a photograph 'to create an image that will attract attention.'

September 18, 2013

Stock market sets record as Fed keeps stimulus

The Dow Jones industrial average jumps 147 points, or 1 percent.

September 18, 2013

BIW president to go to Electric Boat

Jeffrey Geiger will be replaced by Frederick Harris, who will also continue to lead General Dynamics' shipyard in San Diego.

September 18, 2013

Google launches health company Calico

CEO Larry Page describes the new venture, which will focus on aging and related diseases, as a "moonshot" aimed at improving millions of lives.

September 18, 2013

Tenants wanted: Portland to open technology park

There are currently no tenants in the 26-acre technology park, which envisions seven lots for buildings 10,000 to 40,000 square feet.

September 18, 2013

Walgreen moves health coverage to private exchange

The nation's largest drugstore chain will give workers a contribution toward the cost of coverage and then send them to a private health insurance exchange to pick from as many as 25 plans.

September 18, 2013

Starbucks says guns unwelcome, though not banned

The company says it has been 'thrust unwillingly' into the middle of the national debate over firearms.

September 18, 2013

State revenue from Maine casinos is on the rise

Revenues from slot machines and table games are up more than $10 million over last year.

September 18, 2013

Portland firm wins contract to design N.H. women's prison

SMRT Inc. is expected to complete plans for the prison in 2014.

September 18, 2013

Ex-Toyota president Eiji Toyoda dies at 100

The cousin of the automaker's founder spearheaded Toyota's expansion in the U.S.

September 18, 2013

Briefcase



September 18, 2013

Group expects low holiday sales growth

 Research is based on a weak back-to-school shopping period as shoppers go online first.

September 18, 2013

Fed chair job sure to remain a hot seat

 Ben Bernanke’s successor – whether it’s Janet Yellen or someone else – inherits an uncertain economy.

September 18, 2013

Stocks inch up before pending Fed announcement



September 18, 2013

UMaine pressured to release wind proposal

Environmental groups also ask the Public Utilities Commission for wind power project details.