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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 4, 2013

September 4, 2013

FairPoint, union attend hearing over contractor

The company is appealing an arbitrator's ruling that said it violated a collective bargaining agreement.

September 4, 2013

Maine railway seeks loan to operate through bankruptcy

The railway, which runs from Canada through central Maine, has been in jeopardy since a deadly derailment killed 47 people in July.

September 4, 2013

Kate's Homemade Butter seeks to delay move

Kate's had faced a Sept. 30 deadline to relocate out of its home office or face the loss of its business license.

September 4, 2013

McDonald's exploring changes to Dollar Menu

The tests come as McDonald's and other fast-food chains have been trumpeting their value menus amid increased competition and the weak economy.

September 4, 2013

NH will upgrade rail line between Rochester and Ossipee

The $1.4 million grant will help refurbish tracks and allow for additional freight capacity on the Northcoast rail line, which runs close to the Maine-New Hampshire border.

September 4, 2013

In a cool economy, auto sales on fire

As nearly all automakers report double-digit sales gains in August, they're ramping up production and hiring workers to keep pace with demand.

September 4, 2013

Shipbuilder Ingalls to close Miss. composites facility

The Newport News, Va.-based company says the shutdown is necessary because of a reduction in work for the Navy's Zumwalt-class destroyers.

September 4, 2013

U.S. global competitiveness rising once again

In its latest survey, the Forum ranked the U.S. – the world's largest economy – in fifth place for overall competitiveness, up from seventh last year.

September 5, 2013

Ex-Brunswick base lands deal with aircraft company

Tempus Jets plans to hire 25 full-time workers within the next four months and 50 more next year.

September 4, 2013

Hackers a threat to car computers

2010 Toyota Prius The more technology vehicles have, ‘the more opportunities there arefor that to be abused.’

September 4, 2013

Microsoft takes a gamble, buys Nokia

 The electronics company is gambling it can fix its smartphones to compete with Google and Apple.

September 4, 2013