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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 7, 2013

December 7, 2013

China seeking to export apples to US

Growers in the US are hoping this will allow them to get a foothold in the expanding Chinese market.

December 7, 2013

Sought-after beers brew up black market

As demand grows for top-rated craft brews, opportunists are finding alternative – and illegal – avenues to reach thirsty fans.

December 7, 2013

Unemployment rate falls to 5-year low in latest report

A steadily improving job market suggests accelerated growth next year, even if the Fed decides to rein in stimulus efforts.

December 7, 2013


December 7, 2013

Milk price could rise to $6 per gallon if farm bill fails

A 1938 law requires the federal government to purchase dairy products at higher than wholesale prices if Congress can’t agree on a bill.