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 April 20, 2013

April 20, 2013

Navy christening fast ship named for Maine towns

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says naming the vessel after East Millinocket and Millinocket honors the military contributions made by the men and women from those mill towns.

April 20, 2013

Judges sue over disability case load

Social Security judges say they sometimes award benefits because they have a de facto quota.

April 20, 2013

Crowd sourcing to get a kickstart

crowdfunding A new law will eventually allow small businesses to raise up to $1 million a year by selling shares.

April 20, 2013

Tech giants bump up on middling day

 Microsoft and Google each rise 3 percent as stock market indexes remain mostly unchanged.

April 20, 2013

Fewer Americans have high hopes for economy

 The downbeat public attitudes in a survey coincide with recent reports showing an economic slowdown.