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 August 20, 2013

August 21, 2013

Mainer named acting Small Business Administration leader

Karen Mills, also of Maine, picks a successor to fill her Cabinet post until the president names one.

August 20, 2013

Low-wage workers set nationwide walkout for Aug. 29

The protest this year started in eight cities and organizers say they have received pledges of support from workers in dozens of other cities across the country.

August 20, 2013

Nova Scotia's schooner Bluenose remains in dry dock, hampering tourism

It's one more setback for the province, which is also struggling with the loss of ferry service connecting it to Maine.

August 20, 2013

Nova Scotia official to visit Maine to discuss new ferry service

Nova Scotia's economic development minister will meet with Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and Maine Gov. Paul LePage.

August 20, 2013

Amazon speeds warehouse spending to fend off eBay, Wal-Mart

At stake is leadership in the growing market for products that can be ordered online and then delivered to a customer's door or a nearby store within hours.

August 20, 2013


August 20, 2013

On the Move

August 20, 2013

Obama: Speed up financial reform

The call for urgency comes as regulators have missed 60 percent of the rule-making deadlines.

August 20, 2013

Lego takes robots to the masses

Saci Mary, Callum Brown A new version of Mindstorms aims to make the toys simple to complicate

August 20, 2013

LinkedIn adding features to attract younger users

August 20, 2013


August 20, 2013

Gov. LePage sends gifts of lobster to expand markets

He ships boxes filled with Maine lobster meat, frozen tails and bisque to the other 49 governors.

August 20, 2013

Electricity Maine must detail rates

The power company agrees to send letters informing some of its customers of higher-than-expected charges.

August 20, 2013

Draft of new Maine mining rules raises concerns

The DEP releases a draft report that sparks controversy even before it's fully understood.