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 December 16, 2013

December 17, 2013

U.S. energy outlook: More output, less usage

Gas prices are also likely to be lower in 2017 as the nation’s energy future stays on a positive path.

December 16, 2013

Antitrust settlement over credit card swipe fees approved

But the retailer community sees the accord as ‘flawed,’ with some planning to appeal.

December 17, 2013

Anti-bacterial soaps may not curb bacteria

Researchers say the chemicals are at best ineffective and at worst a threat to public health.

December 17, 2013

Maine lawyers say they weren't aware of robo-signing

Their attorneys say the three reported problems with foreclosure papers as soon as they learned of it.

December 16, 2013

Closing Portland street for art walk gets good reviews

Officials will meet Monday to discuss the Congress Street experiment and the feasibility of repeating it.

December 16, 2013

Jetport poll: Little support for voice calls during flights

Most people, however, are OK with texting and email.

December 16, 2013

Three lawyers face disciplinary hearing in Maine over ‘robo-signing’ scandal

The lawyers from the Portland firm Drummond and Drummond were involved in the foreclosure case that brought attention to the national mortgage industry crisis.

December 16, 2013

A Fairfield couple keeps holiday sleigh rides as an option

The winter tradition is inextricably linked to Christmas.

December 16, 2013

Portland planners to vote on Munjoy Hill project

Munjoy Heights would include 29 condos and a new kind of street design employing a concept called ‘woonerf.’